Here are the reactions from the Italian press after Erik ten Hag’s Ajax knocked out Max Allegri’s Juventus in Turin last night. Juve were the better rested side, but apart from the first 20 minutes, didn’t look like one as Ajax booked their spot in the last four of the Champions League for the first time in 20 overs. Ronaldo’s “throne” (see the GOT style headline before the game), was conquered.
The Juve side this year has been dependent on three players- goalkeeper Szczesny, defender Chiellini and striker Ronaldo. Chiellini was not available for this fixture, Ronaldo scored Juve’s only goal of the game and Szczesny produced several top class saves to prevent what could’ve potentially been a 5-1 or 6-1 to Ajax instead of the 2-1 they won by. A classic example of poor Juve defending was for Ajax’s match winning goal- a fantastic header from De Ligt, that saw him first to a corner despite two opposition players marking him.
Gazzetta went with the headline “Fine Corsa” (end of run), a play on the popular Juve phrase Fino alla Fine (until the end).
CdS went with “Apocalisse”- pretty self explanatory.
Tutto played tribute to the visitors, calling them “Grande Ajax” (Great Ajax). They carried a photo of De Ligt, unlike GdS and CdS, both of whom went with Ronaldo.
Ajax will now play either Man City or Spurs in the last four.
Galatasaray have officially announced the signing of defender Yuto Nagatomo from Inter Milan. The Nerazzurri have sold several players this summmer in order to get their figure of 45 million euros via capital gains from transfers in order to adhere to FFP and the Japanese international is the latest to depart the San Siro. He had joined Inter from Cesena in 2011 and while not quite being a fan favourite, was the longest serving of Inter’s current bunch of players.
How much did Galatasaray pay Inter for Nagatomo?
Gala have said that the net transfer fee is 2.5 million euros. Nagatomo has signed a two year contract and they will be paying him an annual wage of 2 million euros
David de Gea again showed why he is the world’s best keeper, producing an an amazing save to deny Sevilla’s Colombian striker Luis Muriel. The Spaniard has been a rock in goal for Manchester United and Jose Mourinho, and has dug them out of many a sticky situation in the past. Muriel was also seen congratulating the 27 year old at half time during the game.
United came away from Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan without conceding a goal thanks to De Gea’s heroics and French newspaper L’Equipe gave him a rating of 8, more than any other player on the pitch from the two sides put together. Alexis Sanchez got 6, but none of the remaining United players got more than 5. Three of the backline in front of DDG- Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Antonio Valencia, were rated 4/10 Continue reading
Exciting Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster has accused Spartak youth captain Leonid Mironov of levelling racist abuse against him in their Youth League clash earlier this month. Brewster, an U17 World Cup winner with England, made the allegation in a newspaper interview (to the Guardian). Liverpool, managed by Steve Gerrard, won the clash 2-0 at Prenton Park against Spartak.
Another Liverpool player Bobby Adekanye had faced racist abuse (monkey chants directed towards him by opposition supporters) when the Reds played in Russia earlier in the competition, making this their second allegation against Spartak in 10 weeks. Continue reading
Man City’s John Stones had a great game at the De Kuip against reigning Dutch champions Feyenoord earlier this evening.
The young defender finished with a 100% pass completion rate (96/96) and also had 5 clearances, 4 aerials won, 4 blocks, 2 shots and 1 interception. He also scored two of Man City’s four goals (the other two scored by their Argentine-Brazilian combination of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus) and had no fouls to his name!.
Stones also had a good game against Liverpool over the weekend (Man City won that game 5-0) and Pep Guardiola will certainly be pleased with the youngster’s progress. Tougher tests await him in the future, but he’s definitely showing signs that he can live up to his enormous potential Continue reading