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Ronaldo right about Juventus team spirit – Allegri

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri agreed with Cristiano Ronaldo’s assessment that the Serie A giants have incredible team spirit. Ronaldo, 33, said earlier this week that Juve felt “more of a family” than his previous club Real Madrid. Ahead of Saturday’s derby clash against Torino, Allegri backed Ronaldo’s comments, saying the spirit was key to Juve’s success. “If Ronaldo said it, I think it’s true,” he told a news conference. “Juventus itself, as a club, is a place where you can work very well, with great organisation. We don’t achieve great…

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De Bruyne’s injury woe could be blessing in disguise, says Guardiola

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Kevin De Bruyne’s injury problems this season may turn out to be a blessing in disguise because they allowed him to recover from an exhausting 12 months, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday. De Bruyne has suffered two separate knee injuries since helping Belgium finish third in Russia and has played barely any part in City’s defence of their Premier League title, which took a hit last week with a defeat at Chelsea that knocked them off the top of the table. The attacking midfielder…

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Morata injury could make Sarri enter January sales

London (AFP) – Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri is likely to assess the attacking talent on offer in the January transfer window after Alvaro Morata suffered an injury this week. The Spanish striker was forced out of the Europa League draw at Hungarian club Vidi just before half-time after injuring his knee while shooting and will almost certainly miss Chelsea’s Premier League trip to Brighton on Sunday. His misfortune allowed Olivier Giroud to enter the action and the France international responded with a superb late free-kick that secured a 2-2 draw…

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Dickerson hoping Barkley falls short of breaking his records

Eric Dickerson is desperate for New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley to fall short of breaking his records. Barkley has received a lot of attention during his rookie season and has broken several records along the way. He is inching closer to a few more milestones in his first year in the NFL, but one person who is not rooting for him is Hall of Fame running back Dickerson. “Hell no!” Dickerson told TMZ Sports. “When you have records, you don’t want ’em broken. When you get to my…

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Mercedes F1 team using psychologists to ‘maintain energy’ of staff

Mercedes is turning to psychologists, well-being practices and medical support for its staff in its bid to remain at the top of Formula 1. Although Mercedes secured a fifth consecutive double of drivers’ and constructors’ championships in 2018, it faced its sternest threat during F1’s V6 turbo-hybrid era this season and is seeking further gains to stay ahead of Ferrari and Red Bull. Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff said sustaining motivation is not a problem, but added the team can do more to ensure all its personnel operate at the…

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Rivaldo would like ‘excellent’ Isco at Barcelona

Former Barcelona star Rivaldo would like to see Real Madrid outcast Isco make a controversial move to the Santiago Bernabeu. Isco has found himself down the pecking order under Santiago Solari following his appointment as Julen Lopetegui’s replacement. He has made only five LaLiga starts this season and reacted angrily after being whistled by home fans at the Santiago Bernabeu for missing a chance in Wednesday’s shock 3-0 Champions League defeat to CSKA Moscow. Madrid are reportedly now prepared to part with the attacking midfielder, and Rivaldo feels Barca would…

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NBA: Aldridge guides surging Spurs past swooning Clippers

LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 27 points on 12-of-14 shooting in just three quarters of play as the San Antonio Spurs romped to a 125-87 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. Seven players scored in double figures for the Spurs, who won their fourth consecutive game. San Antonio (15-14) climbed above the .500 mark for the first time since mid-November by outshooting the Clippers 57.8 percent to 35.7 percent. The Spurs led by just nine points entering the second half but sealed the outcome by outscoring Los Angeles…

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