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Champions League: Juventus Keep Barcelona At Bay With Defensive Masterclass At Camp Nou, Sail Into Semi-Finals (Photos & Video)

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After stuffing their opponents 3-0 in the first leg, Juventus put on a trademark defensive masterclass to keep Barcelona at bay for 90 minutes at the Camp Nou and book themselves a place in the Champions League semi-finals.

Barca threw everything at Juve, especially in the first half, with the darting runs of Neymar (whose chosen hairstyle for the evening appeared to be a tribute to 'Joe vs.

Juventus vs. AC Milan predicted lines, preview and TV times

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Juventus have the opportunity to move a whopping 11 points clear at the top of Serie A on Friday night when they welcome historical rivals AC Milan to the J Stadium.

The league leaders actually slipped up in their previous outing, saved by a second-half goal from Leonardo Bonucci and stumbling to a 1-1 draw against Udinese.

Juventus vs. AC Milan predicted lines, preview and TV times

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Juventus have the opportunity to move a whopping 11 points clear at the top of Serie A on Friday night when they welcome historical rivals AC Milan to the J Stadium.

The league leaders actually slipped up in their previous outing, saved by a second-half goal from Leonardo Bonucci and stumbling to a 1-1 draw against Udinese.

3 defenders Antonio Conte is keen on signing for Chelsea this summer

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Juventus Bonucci drop for Porto clash after Allegri row

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci will watch his team’s Champions League last 16, first leg against Porto in Portugal on Wednesday from the stands after a row with Massimiliano Allegri, his coach said.

“Bonucci will be in the stand tomorrow. It is a justified decision, out of respect to the team, the supporters and the club.

Juventus Bonucci drop for Porto clash after Allegri row

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci will watch his team’s Champions League last 16, first leg against Porto in Portugal on Wednesday from the stands after a row with Massimiliano Allegri, his coach said.

“Bonucci will be in the stand tomorrow. It is a justified decision, out of respect to the team, the supporters and the club.

Bonucci blow for Juventus takes ‘BBC’ defence off air

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Milan (AFP) Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has been ruled out for up to two months, leaving the injury-ravaged Serie A champions without their formidable three-man defence.

Bonucci, a reported target for Premier League giants Chelsea, has suffered several injury knocks this season and on Monday was diagnosed with a hamstring injury after being forced off during a shock 3-1 defeat at Genoa a day earlier.

Bonucci blow for Juventus takes ‘BBC’ defence off air

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Milan (AFP) Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has been ruled out for up to two months, leaving the injury-ravaged Serie A champions without their formidable three-man defence.

Bonucci, a reported target for Premier League giants Chelsea, has suffered several injury knocks this season and on Monday was diagnosed with a hamstring injury after being forced off during a shock 3-1 defeat at Genoa a day earlier.

Higuain smashes Juve winner over old club Napoli

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Milan (AFP) Gonzalo Higuain hit a fairytale winner as Juventus edged the Argentine's former club Napoli 2-1 in Turin on Saturday to stretch their lead to five points at the top of Italy's Serie A.

Higuain, who hit a Serie A record of 36 goals for Napoli last season, has become a hate figure at the San Paolo stadium after moving to Juventus for an Italian transfer record fee of 90m euros.

Higuain smashes Juve winner over old club Napoli

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Milan (AFP) Gonzalo Higuain hit a fairytale winner as Juventus edged the Argentine's former club Napoli 2-1 in Turin on Saturday to stretch their lead to five points at the top of Italy's Serie A.

Higuain, who hit a Serie A record of 36 goals for Napoli last season, has become a hate figure at the San Paolo stadium after moving to Juventus for an Italian transfer record fee of 90m euros.

Conte willing to offload Chelsea star Eden Hazard

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is ready to offload Eden Hazard to Juventus if it boosts his chances of a reunion with compatriot Leonardo Bonucci at Stamford Bridge, according to The Sun.

The Blues boss was vocal in his desire to add a new central defender to his ranks over the summer, with David Luiz returning to the Premier League club from Paris Saint-Germain on transfer deadline day.

Antonio Conte could transform Chelsea's fortunes if he can sign these three players in January

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It’s fair to say that things haven’t quite gone to plan for Antonio Conte since his arrival at Chelsea.

The Italian arrived at Stamford Bridge with the reputation of a man who prioritises defensive strength and builds from the back.

However quite frankly, the Blues have been dreadful at the back this season, and they must make a change in January.

Emotional Bonucci calls on spirit of Euro for Spain test

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Milan (AFP) Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci believes Italy will have to reproduce their stirring Euro 2016 last 16 victory over Spain if they are to beat 'La Roja' in Turin on Thursday.

Italy began their World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign against Israel last month when Bonucci, despite undergoing a family crisis, was part of the team that secured a precious won 3-1 in Haifa.

Emotional Bonucci calls on spirit of Euro for Spain test

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Milan (AFP) Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci believes Italy will have to reproduce their stirring Euro 2016 last 16 victory over Spain if they are to beat 'La Roja' in Turin on Thursday.

Italy began their World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign against Israel last month when Bonucci, despite undergoing a family crisis, was part of the team that secured a precious won 3-1 in Haifa.

Juve warm up for Dinamo with cagey win at Palermo

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Milan (AFP) Dani Alves's deflected strike kept Juventus top of Serie A as they warmed up for a Champions League clash at Dinamo Zagreb with a cagey 1-0 win at Palermo on Saturday.

Juventus travelled to Sicily looking to protect a one-point lead on Napoli but with one eye on claiming a win in Croatia on Tuesday after a scoreless draw at home to Sevilla in their Group H opener.

Juve warm up for Dinamo with cagey win at Palermo

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Milan (AFP) Dani Alves's deflected strike kept Juventus top of Serie A as they warmed up for a Champions League clash at Dinamo Zagreb with a cagey 1-0 win at Palermo on Saturday.

Juventus travelled to Sicily looking to protect a one-point lead on Napoli but with one eye on claiming a win in Croatia on Tuesday after a scoreless draw at home to Sevilla in their Group H opener.

Manchester United join the race to sign €60m Chelsea target

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Manchester United have joined the race to sign Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci. The 29-year-old’s name was discussed in negotiations over Paul Pogba.

According to reports from ESPN, United will turn their attention to buying a centre-back once they complete the signing of Pogba.

From Berlin to Balotelli through gloom and glory: The 10-year evolution of the Italy national team

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Classy Kevin De Bruyne and Leonardo Bonucci among top five players in Euro 2016 Group E

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Manchester United summer transfer targets: Five players Jose Mourinho should bring to Old Trafford

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Euro 2016: Chelsea's €30m target stole the show, as Conte's Italy beat Belgium

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Antonio Conte’s Italy produced a tactical masterclass, as the Azzurri hit the ground running at Euro 2016 following their 2-0 victory over highly-fancied Belgium on Monday.

Belgium, the highest ranked side of the 24 teams participating in Euro 2016, dominated for long spells of the Group E clash at the Stade de Lyon, but goals in either half from Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pelle ensured Italy start their Euro campaign on a winning note.

No Pirlo, as Conte names provisional pre-Euro 2016 squad

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Milan (AFP) Italy veteran Andrea Pirlo was among the absentees as coach Antonio Conte named a provisional 28-man squad on Monday for a pre-Euro 2016 training camp with several stars absent with Cup finals to play.

Conte, who earlier Monday was cleared of sporting fraud charges relating to a match-fixing affair while he was coach of Serie B team Siena in 2011, can now fully focus on the Azzurri although questions remain over his final 23-man squad.

No Pirlo, as Conte names provisional pre-Euro 2016 squad

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Milan (AFP) Italy veteran Andrea Pirlo was among the absentees as coach Antonio Conte named a provisional 28-man squad on Monday for a pre-Euro 2016 training camp with several stars absent with Cup finals to play.

Conte, who earlier Monday was cleared of sporting fraud charges relating to a match-fixing affair while he was coach of Serie B team Siena in 2011, can now fully focus on the Azzurri although questions remain over his final 23-man squad.

Angry Napoli Fan Plans To Sue Referee For Not Sending Off Juventus Defender Leonardo Bonucci

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One particularly livid Napoli fan is planning to sue the referee who took charge of Sunday's lively old Derby della Mote clash between Juventus and Torino.

Juve eventually won the game 4-1 to re-establish a three-point lead over Napoli at the summit of the Serie A standings, but the result didn't come without controversy, especially from a Neapolitan point of view.

Pressure cranked up on title-chasing Juventus

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Just as Juventus have overhauled pace-setters Napoli in the race for the Serie A title, the Italian leaders are under increasing pressure as they head to Atalanta on Sunday.

The defending champions qualified for the Italian Cup final beating Inter Milan after extra-time and penalties on Wednesday in what was described as a dreadful performance by their own players.

Pressure cranked up on title-chasing Juventus

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Just as Juventus have overhauled pace-setters Napoli in the race for the Serie A title, the Italian leaders are under increasing pressure as they head to Atalanta on Sunday.

The defending champions qualified for the Italian Cup final beating Inter Milan after extra-time and penalties on Wednesday in what was described as a dreadful performance by their own players.

Morata strike sees Juve clear with win over hapless Inter

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Alvaro Morata came off the bench to earn then score a late penalty as champions Juventus went four points clear at the top of Serie A on Sunday with a 2-0 win over hapless Inter Milan.

Days after rescuing their Champions League hopes with a 2-2 home draw with Bayern Munich, Juventus welcomed Roberto Mancini's visitors looking to steal a march on title challengers Napoli.

Morata strike sees Juve clear with win over hapless Inter

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Alvaro Morata came off the bench to earn then score a late penalty as champions Juventus went four points clear at the top of Serie A on Sunday with a 2-0 win over hapless Inter Milan.

Days after rescuing their Champions League hopes with a 2-2 home draw with Bayern Munich, Juventus welcomed Roberto Mancini's visitors looking to steal a march on title challengers Napoli.

Real Madrid Prepare €30 Million Offer for Juventus Defender Leonardo Bonucci

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With reports out of the Santiago Bernabeusuggesting the exodus of center back Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid are exploring contingency plans in central defense.

According to Mediaset Sport in Italy, the Spanish giants have approached Juventus with a€30 million bidfor 28-year old Leonardo Bonucci.

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Porto win puts vintage Allegri on display

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Milan (AFP) – A perfectly-orchestrated 2-0 win over depleted Porto has put Juventus on the cusp of the Champions League quarter-finals, and underlined Massimiliano Allegri’s credentials amid rumours of an eventual move England’s Premier League.

Croatia starlet Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves came off the bench to strike late and ease the beaten 2015 finalists to victory over the Portuguese, who had been reduced to 10 men following Alex Telles’ 27th minute expulsion.

Juve’s Barzagli out for two months

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Milan (AFP) The dislocated shoulder that saw Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli stretchered off at the weekend is to keep the Italy international out of action for two months, his club said on Monday.

"Further examinations at J-Medical today have confirmed the scale of the shoulder inury sustained by Andrea Barzagli five minutes into Sunday's victory over Chievo in Verona," a statement on the club's website said.

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Italy expect vengeful, ‘more motivated’ Spain in W. Cup qualifier

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Milan (AFP) Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci expects a "more motivated" Spain to come seeking revenge for their early exit at Euro 2016 when the sides meet in a mouthwatering 2018 World Cup qualifier in Turin on Thursday.

Italy host 'La Roja' at Juventus Stadium in what is their first meeting since Spain's 2-0 last-16 defeat to the Azzurri at the Stade de France in June ended their hopes of a record third consecutive European Championship crown.

Italy expect vengeful, ‘more motivated’ Spain in W. Cup qualifier

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Milan (AFP) Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci expects a "more motivated" Spain to come seeking revenge for their early exit at Euro 2016 when the sides meet in a mouthwatering 2018 World Cup qualifier in Turin on Thursday.

Italy host 'La Roja' at Juventus Stadium in what is their first meeting since Spain's 2-0 last-16 defeat to the Azzurri at the Stade de France in June ended their hopes of a record third consecutive European Championship crown.

Is David Luiz Really An Antonio Conte Player?

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Last week Antonio Conte was complaining about Chelsea's lack of activity in the transfer market. Well the window has closed and after some last day shopping the Blues ended up spending £120m.

The headline making deal was the return of David Luiz from PSG for £34m. Luiz gives Conte the option of playing a three-man defense, but after chasing the like of Michael Emenalo, Marina Granovskaia, Kalidou Koulibaly and Leonardo Bonucci all summer, the arrival of David Luiz seems to have came out of left field.

3 reasons why Conte must sign Leonardo Bonucci at Chelsea

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Antonio Conte will be officially unveiled as the new Chelsea manager next week, and there is no doubt the Italian is going to have his work cut out right from Day 1. With Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho joining Manchester clubs United and City respectively, the 2016/17 edition of the Premier League is set to be the most high-profile one ever.

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Pies’ Pick: The 10 Most Impressive Players At Euro 2016

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Whereas UEFA have seen fit to crown Dimitri Payet as their player of the tournament, Pies thought we'd take the time to credit a few of the other players that have impressed us in one capacity or another over the duration of Euro 2016.

Just so you're aware, we've deliberately eschewed the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Gigi Buffon and Gareth Bale, who have already had their fair share of the plaudits.

Unbridled joy on one of Ireland’s greatest nights

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It was the chance of a lifetime. A loose touch and follow-up dive from Italy's stand-in captain Leonardo Bonucci sprung Wes Hoolahan, introduced as a substitute not ten minutes previously in Ireland's do-or-die Group E finale, through on goal.

But Hoolahan's shot was tame, and easily saved by the deputy Italian goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.

Unbridled joy on one of Ireland’s greatest nights

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It was the chance of a lifetime. A loose touch and follow-up dive from Italy's stand-in captain Leonardo Bonucci sprung Wes Hoolahan, introduced as a substitute not ten minutes previously in Ireland's do-or-die Group E finale, through on goal.

But Hoolahan's shot was tame, and easily saved by the deputy Italian goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.

Euro 2016 best players: From Eric Dier to Dimitri Payet – Every teams’ star performer of round one

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