The coming of age of Paulo Dybala

With the eyes of the world on him in Juventus’ first leg Champions League quarter-final clash against Barcelona, Paulo Dybala did not disappoint. La Joya (The Jewel) showed everyone exactly what he’s capable of by netting a lethal brace just 22 minutes into the game. Going into the game, the Spanish media ran rampant with…

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Roy Keane’s head and Roy Keane’s heart

Everyone and their grandma knows how the Champions League concluded in May 1999. That balmy night in Barcelona, when Ole Gunnar Solskjær won it for Manchester United. What some fans — not United fans, mind you — may forget is that United’s road to that final was perhaps even more dramatic than their late comeback to…

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The making of Antonio Conte: a journey from Lecce to Chelsea

As featured on Guardian Sport Some footballers have the privilege of working under gifted tacticians and thoroughbred winners during their careers, but it’s the intuitive ones who take it upon themselves to become students. Antonio Conte was both influential and influenced during his decorated playing career at Juventus. The tenacious box-to-box midfielder, equipped with piercingly…

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The Big Analysis: Milan vs Juventus

In the 1980s through to the mid-2000s, AC Milan were undoubtedly one of the marquee names in world football. Since those halcyon days under coaches of the calibre of Arrigo Sacchi, Fabio Capello and Carlo Ancelotti, the quality of football from the Rossoneri has dropped almost as quickly as their league position. A recruitment strategy…

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Can Real Madrid end the Champions League hoodoo?

With the Champions League group stage underway, everyone will have an opinion on who will win this season’s competition. The usual suspects head the betting, with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and defending champions Real Madrid leading the way and a handful of other potential winners among the 32 teams. It’s a great market for providing long-term…

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The Big Analysis: Inter vs Juventus

The Derby d’Italia was the standout fixture in Serie A last weekend as champions Juventus visited the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza to face Inter. The Old Lady of Turin were heavy favourites coming into the match with a 100 percent record in their opening three league matches. Meanwhile Inter coach Frank de Boer was under pressure…

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