Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
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Messi's clash with Smalling like being 'hit by a truck' - Valverde

Messi's clash with Smalling like being 'hit by a truck' - Valverde

"We wanted to wrap it up today", he said of the Serie A title.

Juve have lost five finals since last tasting victory in Europe's top club competition in 1996, and will seek to take a step to atone for that when Ronaldo and Co. return for the home leg against Ajax on Tuesday. If Juventus gets a draw or win against SPAL, it will become the first Italian club to clinch the title with six games left to play. "But there is the goal to obtain on Tuesday". Join me for all the build up, team news and yes the goals as they go in from the Estadio El Alcoraz.

Seventeen-year-old defender Paolo Gozzi and midfielder Grigoris Kastanos, 21, were given their first starts. I didn't realise at the time actually that I had caught him like that, but after the game we had a brief chat, shook hands and he said he knew it was an accident.

"He wasn't feeling good the day after nor during the rest of the match".

However, Dembele was by no means at his scintillating best in what was a dour 0-0 draw - which was perhaps unsurprising, given he was surrounded by so many bit-part players, chief among them Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Kean opened after half an hour with Joao Cancelo pushing through the right with his shot going wide before the teenager stuck out his foot to redirect the ball home. The Champions League is a dream for us'.


The young Italy worldwide became the youngest player to score in four consecutive Serie A matches, having scored six in as many games, and played in just eight this season.

SPAL equalised four minutes into the second half when a Pasquale Schiattarella corner was headed in by Bonifazi past goalkeeper Mattia Perin.

With the game at 1-1, there was also a Juventus debut for England U20 striker Stephy Mavididi.

Bernardeschi also came off the bench in place of Barzagli, as Allegri pushed for a point, with ten minutes to go.

"We can't forget that we need ten points to be champions, no matter how much we think that we might be there already".

It was just the second defeat of the season for Juventus, after falling 2-0 to Genoa on March 17.

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