Max Allegri explains Gonzalo Higuain's absence

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has insisted that the decision to drop Gonzalo Higuain to the bench for the Turin derby was purely to give him a rest.


The Old Lady maintained their perfect start to the Serie A campaign as they brushed aside city rivals Torino by a comfortable 4-0 score.

Speaking after the game, Allegri thanked Mandzukic for stepping up in Higuain's absence whilst insisting that the rest would benefit that the latter in the long run, he said: "Higuain was on the bench because there are many games and I preferred to give him a rest. He’s an important player for us, there are moments when things work better at one time than another. There will be times when everyone gets time out, otherwise we won’t be able to maintain our consistency."

Pirlo defends Italian Football

Italian football is not generally recognized to be one of the most attractive or entertaining competitions to watch. La Liga and the English Premier League are the ones that are regularly highly-rated with supposedly better and more talented performers.

The last time that an Italian club won the UEFA Champions League was 7 years ago back in 2010 when Inter Milan emerged as the champions of Europe and the Italian national football team has also been struggling in the international scene.

Serie A stars who will be Transfer Targets

If the summer transfer window was a recent barometer of trust, then when the winter version opens in January, huge fees will be spent in fits of panic by clubs desperate for immediate success.

It is plainly obvious that Barcelona for example, have vast sums of money to spend following Neymar's decision to swap Catalonia for Paris for a world record transfer fee.

The following figures that Barcelona then paid for Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund and the reputed fees banded around in the media suggesting what the Catalan outfit were prepared to pay for the recruitment of Liverpool's Phillipe Coutinho, ultimately turned into acts of desperation.

Simone Inzaghi Impressed by the Qualities of Ciro Immobile

Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi claims that striker Ciro Immobile is starting to display his all-round talent in the game.


The 27-year-old came to the club from Sevilla just around a year ago for only around € 8.7 million. However, he came in with a spectacular 23 goals in his first season at the club. At the start of the 2017-18 campaign, he has been able to improve even more. He has been able to score 12 goals in all competitions already. And it has helped Lazio make significant progress in the league table.

How do you replace Buffon?

One of the best players in the history of Italian football is hands down Gianluigi Buffon, who has managed to stay in the world-class bracket despite being 39 years old, and is still one of the main reasons to tune in to Socagol week-in, week-out to watch Juventus in action.

This is a player that has consistently been able to help Juventus win their domestic league for the 6 past Serie A seasons as well as being named as the best goalkeeper of the 21st century according to the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS). He has broken the appearances record for both club and country, has been a steadying influence in the dressing room, and is one of the few players left from the World Cup winning 2006 side.

If you watch him in action on direttastreamingcalciogratis.it you can see that his goalkeeping prowess is starting to wane a little - at 39 it's no surprise that he's not as athletic and agile as he once was, and he must have thrown himself to the floor to stop a flying ball almost a million times by now! All of which leaves Italy with the uneviable task of trying to replace him!?

Liverpool midfielder speaks on future amid Juventus speculation

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has insisted that he is preparing for the new season at Anfield despite the ongoing speculation over his future.


The Germany international is apparently a transfer target for Serie A giants Juventus, who are looking to bolster the heart of their midfield. The Old Lady won their sixth successive Serie A crown last term, but they are still looking to strengthen their squad with as many as six players having arrived in Turin.

Can Gabbiadini Fire Southampton to Success?

Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini joined Premier League club Southampton in January and immediately made an impact on the South Coast. The forward has had a productive pre-season and is aiming to help fire the Saints into the top six.

The former Napoli man appears to be enjoying life at St Mary's and has been out on the streets helping sell the Big Issue magazine alongside teammates Nathan Redmond and Oriol Romeu. The fans seem to have immediately taken to the big striker and he is hoping to put smiles on the faces of Saints supporters this season.

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