AC Milan’s successful journey to the quarter-finals of the Champions League has ignited the belief in Arrigo Sacchi that they can compete with any team in the competition. The Rossoneri secured their place in the quarter-finals after a gap of nine years, with a 1-0 aggregate victory against Tottenham. Brahim Diaz scored the only goal of the tie early in the first leg at San Siro.
Why Did Juventus Deduct Points and How Did it Affect Italian Football?
Juventus has been deducted 15 points after the investigation into their previous transfer dealing, a development, which rocked Italian football and posed important questions further afield. The 36 times Italian champion who did not accept any wrongdoing and plans to appeal had been accused of fixing their balance sheets by increasing their transfer fees and had been handed the punishment by the court of appeal of Italy.
Juventus had been in third position in the Serie A table. However, the penalty is going to push them to tenth position putting their chances of qualifying for profitable European competition in danger. The court, in a statement, also imposed a ban on 11 present and past Juventus directors who hold a position in Italian football. Andrea Agnelli, the former president has been banned for 2 years and Fabio Paratici, the former sporting director, now at Tottenham, has been banned for 30 months. Continue reading Why Did Juventus Deduct Points and How Did it Affect Italian Football?
Didier Drogba Sends Out a Message to Juan Mata
Some players make a permanent place in the hearts and minds of many even after they leave the club. The supporters of Chelsea surely know some of those players.
President of AIA Resigns Amidst Drug Trafficking Allegations
Allegations were raised about the head of referees’ involvement in a drug trafficking operation in Italy recently. As a result, Alfredo Trentalange has offered to resign from his post, which has been confirmed by media reports. He was president of AIA, the Italian referees association. He was elected as president in February of last year, 2021.
The allegations had been raised in November 2021 when 42 people were named as being involved with a drug circulation operation in Milan. Rosario D’Onofrio was among those arrested. Even then Trentalange did not step down from his presidential post. AIA stated that, after D’Onofrio was arrested Alfredo hid from them. He had also been put on house arrest for other drug offenses in the year 2020. Even then he was promoted to the president role in February 2021. Continue reading President of AIA Resigns Amidst Drug Trafficking Allegations
BAYERN RULE OUT TRANSFER FOR JUVENTUS STRIKER
Bayern Munich’s attack is blowing hot and cold in 2022/23, and with it, the discussion around whether the Bavarians need to find reinforcements in the transfers market to address Robert Lewandowski’s departure. While Lewandowski is busy collecting accolades and scoring goals apace for FC Barcelona in La Liga, his old club are still — depending on the latest result — wondering what their future looks like in attack. The big arrival from last summer’s transfer window, Sadio Mané from Liverpool, has already been moved to the left-wing on a seemingly permanent basis.
One possible solution? Classic center-forward Dušan Vlahović, the 22-year-old towering Serbian phenom who is currently toiling away at Juventus Turin (the same club that this past summer sent Matthijs de Ligt to Munich). While Juventus are languishing in eighth place in Serie A, well short of a Champions League place in the table, Vlahović won’t be a cheap commodity — and that, combined with Bayern’s (current) scoring mood, is keeping things cool, per Sky’s Florian Plettenberg. Continue reading BAYERN RULE OUT TRANSFER FOR JUVENTUS STRIKER
ITALY IN CONTENTION FOR FINAL PHASE
Italian football received a big boost after the senior national team defeated England 1-0 at home to stay in contention for the final phase of the UEFA Nations League this season. The Italians were not in top form ahead of this season’s Nations League, but they have been able to return to form to stay in contention for the final phase via Group A3.
LIVERPOOL PLAYER RATINGS VS NAPOLI: 8/10 FOR DIAZ; MILNER, GOMEZ ABYSMAL
Liverpool continued their abysmal start to the season with a 4-1 drubbing against Napoli in their UEFA Champions League group opener. The Italian outfit managed to take the Liverpool defence apart on the night and Jurgen Klopp’s side were lucky not to concede a few more.
The Brazilian goalkeeper had very little to do with the goals Liverpool conceded. However, he did produce an impressive performance and saved a penalty early on in the first half. Continue reading LIVERPOOL PLAYER RATINGS VS NAPOLI: 8/10 FOR DIAZ; MILNER, GOMEZ ABYSMAL
TRANSFER NEWS: BATSHUAYI ON SALERNITANA RADAR
Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi is reportedly on the radar of Italian football side Salernitana. According to Italian football journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Premier League heavyweights Chelsea are keen to send Batshuayi out on loan before the end of this summer’s transfer window with the obligation to make it a permanent transfer.
BARCELONA GOALKEEPER NETO KEEN ON SIGNING FOR NAPOLI THIS SUMMER
According to a report by Spanish publication SPORT, Neto is hoping to complete his move to Napoli before the ongoing week ends. The Catalan giants are ready to let the Brazilian goalkeeping ace walk away from Camp Nou for free, but they want him to forego the rest of his wages before joining the Serie A giants. Barcelona might have been on a roll in the summer transfer window thus far, but there is still a lot of work to be done before Xavi Hernandez has his desired squad at his disposal. While they have signed several top-class players, they remain in the market for a few more additions.
AC MILAN EYE TOTTENHAM OUTCAST TANGUY NDOMBELE THIS SUMMER
According to Milan News, AC Milan could hold talks with Tottenham Hotspur about the possibility of signing Tanguy Ndombele when they discuss a deal for defender Japhet Tanganga. The Rossoneri are interested in signing Tanganga and are already starting discussions with the Lilywhites for their academy graduate. The English defender is likely to end up at San Siro on a potential loan move with a buy option. And he could be followed by another Tottenham star in Tanguy Ndombele, who has become a subject of interest for Milan.
Ndombele is out of favour at Tottenham Hotspur, having failed to make much of an impact in his three years at Tottenham. Having arrived in a then-club record deal in 2019, the Frenchman struggled to get going in London, failing to make an impression on any of the managers he played under at the club. Continue reading AC MILAN EYE TOTTENHAM OUTCAST TANGUY NDOMBELE THIS SUMMER