Atalanta vs Juventus: Pjanic & Mandzukic miss out

first_imgJuventus have not missed a beat since returning to competitive action following the winter break after coming from behind to beat Lazio on Sunday.The Old Lady were rescued by a late Cristiano Ronaldo penalty which secured all three points and extended their lead at the top of Serie A to 11 points.Now, the focus switches to the Coppa Italia and a trip to Atalanta, as the Italian champions look to secure their fifth league and cup double in a row with the treble still in the back of their minds. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Atalanta vs Juventus Date Wednesday, January 30 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will not be broadcast but is available for streaming on ESPN+. US TV channel Online stream N/A ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be televised on BT Sport 3 and can be streamed on the BT Sport App. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 3 BT Sport App Squads & Team News Position Atalanta players Goalkeepers Berisha, Gollini. Rossi Defenders Masiello, Mancini, Toloi, Palomino, Adnan, Varnier, Djimsiti, Reca Midfielders Gomez, Rigoni, Pasalic, De Roon, Freuler, Hateboer, Castagne, Gosens, Valzania, Pessina Forwards Ilicic, Zapata, Tumminello, Barrow Atalanta come into this game with a fully available squad after Ali Adnan returned from international duty.Atalanta starting XI: Berisha; Palomino, Djimsiti, Mancini; Hateboer, Freuler, De Roon, Castagne, Gomez; Zapata, Ilicic. Position Juventus players Goalkeepers Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Perin Defenders De Sciglio, Chiellini, Benatia, Bonucci, Rugani, Sandro Midfielders Pjanic, Matuidi, Can, Bentancur, Bernardeschi, Spinazzola, Khedira, Cuadrado Forwards Ronaldo, Dybala, Costa, Mandzukic, Kean Leonardo Bonucci picked up an injury against Lazio and will miss this game, while Juan Cuadrado remains a long-term absentee.Mario Mandzukic also misses out with injury, while Miralem Pjanic is only fit enough for a spot on the bench. Juventus starting XI: Szczesny; De Sciglio, Chiellini, Rugani, Sandro; Khedira, Bentancur, Matuidi; Douglas Costa, Ronaldo, Bernardeschi.Betting & Match Odds Juventus are favourites to win this match, with bet365 offering them at evens. Atalanta can be backed at 11/4, while a draw is 23/10.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus 2018-19Juventus look unbeatable in Italy and have started 2019 in the fashion you come to expect from the Italian champions.The Old Lady are still unbeaten after 21 games in Serie A and they haven’t lost in the Coppa Italia since Roma defeated them at the quarter-final stage in the 2013-14 season.Atalanta have become known as one of Italy’s European challengers in recent seasons and are chasing a Champions League spot once again, as they sit three points behind AC Milan in the race for fourth place.For all of Atalanta’s recent success, they have not lifted any silverware since 1963 after being knocked out by Juventus at the semi-final stage in this competition last season.Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri knows this won’t be an easy test.“There will be no second chances – we need to produce a big performance,” he said.“It won’t be easy. Atalanta have scored more goals than anyone else in Serie A this season and they fought back against Roma on Sunday, creating lots of chances.“Physically, they’re one of the few sides that can match us – but they do give you chances. In these one-off games, the winner is the team that makes the fewest mistakes. We need to take advantage of their weaknesses.”Record signing Cristiano Ronaldo netted again at the weekend taking his tally up to 16 for the season but the Portuguese superstar is yet to find the net in the Coppa Italia for his new club.Atalanta held Juventus to a draw on Boxing Day, with Allegri’s side reduced to 10 men after Rodrigo Bentancur was sent off, and the hosts will be hoping to go one better to end their opponents’ monopoly of the Coppa Italia.last_img read more

Soccer stars encourage children at UNorganized event in Texas

8 August 2011Two teammates of FC Barcelona, the Spanish soccer club that supports the efforts of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to improve the lives of children in Africa, made themselves available to young fans in the United States city of Dallas, telling them that with passion and love of the game, they too can become star players. Striker David Villa and midfielder Thiago Alcántara, who were accompanied by Ramon Pont, the FC Barcelona Vice President, participated in the UNICEF-hosted event in Dallas on Friday, talking candidly to the more than 30 youngsters who turned up to seek advice on how to improve their skills.Both players encouraged the children by telling them that “as long as you are happy and passionate about what you are doing, you will always develop your skills to be the best you can be.” Through the sport, the two FC Barcelona players had learned values such as respect for others and hard work to achieve their goals, they said.Sport is incorporated in UNICEF-supported programmes for specific development objectives such as improving the health of children, increasing their chances of survival, and ensuring that every child has access to basic education, HIV-AIDS prevention and protection from exploitation and abuse. The agency also believes that sport teaches important life lessons about respect, leadership and cooperation, and promotes equality for all.“UNICEF and FC Barcelona are here… to continue their successful collaboration on behalf of the world’s children,” said Mr. Pont. “For the last five years FC Barcelona has been supporting UNICEF’s efforts to save and improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.“In the next phase of the partnership we will focus on supporting a global movement for quality education and sport that will deliver tangible results for children.”Lawrence Picard, UNICEF’s Deputy Director for Operations, said: “UNICEF is extremely proud of its partnership with FC Barcelona, which has helped improve the lives of more than 400,000 children, many in sub-Saharan Africa.“We believe this partnership is a leading example of sport contributing to social change for children. We are looking forward to taking this ground-breaking partnership to the next stage in the new season by utilizing the social assets of the club to engage many more people in support of a global movement for education and sport,” said Mr. Picard. read more