RONALDO’S IMPACT ON ITALIAN FOOTBALL QUESTIONED

 

The Swedish veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had a greater impact on Italian football than his Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo, according to a former Rossoneri coachAlberto Zaccheroni. Ibrahimovic has been instrumental in the development of Italian football with more impact than Cristiano Ronaldo, Zaccheroni, the former coach of AC Milan posits.

 


The 39-year-old has made a huge impact since joining Milan in January, scoring 11 goals in 20 games in the second half of the 2019-20 campaign.He has been equally in good form this season despite missing out on a month of football action after contracting Covid-19, which has seen him score eight goals in just seven games since the new season started. One of the best strikers of this generation, Zlatan has once spent two years with his new club side, helping them win the Serie A title in 2011.
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Ibrahimovicto stay at Milan until the end of the campaign

 

AC Milan director Frederic Massara said that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be staying at the club until the end of the season. His future will be decided at the end of the current season. This is his second spell of him at the club and he has scored four goals in this season with 10 appearances for the club across all the competitions. Even though he has was injured in the calf last month, the club is expecting him to play in the return match of the club.


Ibrahimovic is nearing the last days of his football career and many have questioned whether he hasa future at Milan. The president has said that decisions will only be taken only after the current season has finished. Even though the player is nearing the last days of his career, Massara has praised the Swedish footballer for his potential and has called him extraordinary.
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Dybala is most likely to miss out the match against Lyon

 

Juventus isn’t happy with Paulo Dybala’s injury with Champions League nearing its conclusion. The player was injured in the first half of the game against Sampdoria which Juve won for 2-0 and secured their ninth consecutive Serie A championship. The player after the medical examination was confirmed of thigh muscle strain and the club announced along with a statement on Monday about his injury. He will be monitored ona daily basis by the medical staff.


Juve boss Maurizio Sarri will not be happy to have lost one of their star players even though they have won the Italian title. With the Champions League nearingconclusion, he would want his squad to be on the best form. They will be facing Lyon on their second leg of the match on August 8. In the first leg, the French club led the score for 1-0 and, if they manage to win, they will be facing Manchester City or Real Madrid in the quarter-finals.
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Antonio Conte expects more from Belgian player Romelu Lukaku

 

Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte has said that Romelu Lukaku should improve even though he has been doing great in the field.He was transferred to Inter from Manchester United on 2019 and, since his arrival, he has scored 23 goals in Serie A. In the match against Genoa, he scored two goals contributing to the score and Inter won the match for 3–0. Conte has praised Lukaku for his goal but he is expecting the player to improve as well.


Conte said that the player has a lot to improve and he thinks that in some of the matches the player still has a lot to improve. It is up to him to improve his game or not and it is important for everyone to stay hungry and to raise their standards furthermore positive.
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Moratti suggests Inter’s title push next season may depend on Lautaro

 

Former Inter Milan president and owner Massimo Moratti believes the Nerazzurri’s hopes of winning the title next season may depend on Lautaro Martinez. The San Siro outfit have been at the top of the table for a number of weeks this term but a title pursuit appears unlikely, having dropped off the pace during the backend of the campaign.

The Nerazzurri are currently nine points behind league leaders Juventus with a game in hand. Realistically, they can catch the Bianconeri with another 13 matches remaining in the season but they also face the competition from Lazio, who are just one point behind the table toppers. Speaking to Cadena Ser, Moratti ruled out the Nerazzurri’s chances of winning the Scudetto this term and added that they may need to keep hold of Martinez next season to make a stronger challenge for the title, he told: “Can Inter win the title next year? It will depend on whether Inter will lose a player like Lautaro Martinez or not. If they do, they will have to sign a great striker to win the title.”
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Pirlo praises Sandro Tonali amidst transfer talk

 

Andrea Pirlo praises the young Bresciamidfielder Sandro Tonali saying that he is better than him. Tonali has been often compared to one of the greatest midfielders Pirlo but the latter declines it and believes he has a better potential which can be put to great use. The 20-year-old has been the interest of big clubs like Juventus and Inter Milan. He played for Brescia in Serie B and along with them won the title. He started playing for Serie A in 2019 and for Brescia, he has scored nine goals by appearing for 76 matches.


In an Instagram live chat, Pirlo told that many consider Tonali as his heir but he doesn’t share the same opinion. He says that there are no common traits between them. He is a different type of player who plays well in the defensive line and in midfield too. He is a mixture of Pirlo’s style and other players. He considers him to be a promising speaker in the future and is sure that he will be a great player.
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Chile manager suggests Arturo Vidal could return to the Serie A

Chile manager Reinaldo Rueda has said that there is the possibility of Arturo Vidal heading to the Serie A during the next transfer window. The 32-year-old is currently in his second season with Barcelona and he has been in good form from the centre of the park with six goals and three assists from 31 appearances.


Despite this, there has been the talk of him of heading through the exit door, particularly with his contract due to expire at the end of next season. A move to Inter Milan has been heavily fancied through the media and Rueda has hinted that Vidal could fancy a reunion with former Juventus boss Antonio Conte.
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Carragher slams Dejan Lovren after woeful display against Watford

 

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has slammed Dejan Lovren following his poor performance against Watford earlier in the month. The Reds surrendered their unbeaten run to the league campaign with a humbling 3-0 defeat at Watford and Lovren had a forgettable performance at the heart of the club’s backline.

Speaking in a podcast, Carragher was critical of the Croatia international and said that the centre-back tends to make the same kind of mistakes. He added that the defender tends to close down the forwards at times when it is unnecessary, he told: “I’ve watched Lovren in a Liverpool shirt for so long, making the same mistake. He wants to fight everyone he plays against.Harry Kane started this season and stands on Lovren, just uses his body and knocks him out the way.He’s 28, he should have learnt by now. There’s no problem letting Deeney bring the ball down.”
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Inzaghi insists Lazio must concentrate on maintain their league form

Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi has said that his team must concentrate on their own league form rather than pondering over the results of their title challengers. The Capital outfit have been in sensational form in the Serie A since the backend of October and they have dropped just four points from the previous 17 league matches.

As a result, they find themselves just one point behind league leaders Juventus but Inzaghi does not want to get carried away with the sublime run, he told: “Talking about others is always difficult. They have 60 points, an incredible rhythm like us and Inter. We have the obligation to try and stay in contact. 25 days have passed, 16 victories and 4 ties.

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Rodrigo De Paul Labels Conte as of the Best

Udinese’s Rodrigo De Paul has labelled Antonio Conte as one of the best coaches in the world alongside Maurizio Sarri and Pep Guardiola. However, he has refused to place these three managers in a rank. The Argentina international has played for a number of managers despite being only 25 years old. The likes of Luigi Delneri and Nuno Espírito Santo have been able to coach the Argentina international more than other managers. Strangely, he has never played under Guardiola,Sarri, or Conte, he has had the opportunity to come up against teams managed by these managers.

All three have been able to experience immense success during the careers. However, Conte has been able to establish his own style in the process. After guiding Juventus to successive league titles and helping Chelsea in several trophies, the manager is back in Italian football with Inter Milan. He has already started making a difference in the Italian Serie A with the Nerazzurri back to the top of the table following the weekend’s results. It has been a while before Inter Milan have been able to end up as winter champions, but they are seemingly heading towards such a position. Udinese take on Napoli this weekend andDe Paul will come up against a great manager in the form of Carlo Ancelotti.

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