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Marotta: ‘Juve awaiting Emre Can response’

March 18, 2018 - 10:34 pm

Juventus director Beppe Marotta says the Bianconeri are awaiting Emre Can’s response to their offer.

Juve have made no secret of their interest in the German international but Marotta was first quizzed on the clubs interest in Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.

“We are periodically pointed to as a club that buys players,” Marotta told Premium Sport.

“We have a squad suited to three tournaments and it meets our needs. We’re ready to take any opportunities, I won’t deny we are concentrated on Emre Can and awaiting his response. That is our primary objective.

“If there is a negative response, we’ll move our attention on to other players.

“Allegri to PSG? Our Coach has a contract with us for many more years. Above all, the rapport with the club and directors is excellent. He is already at Juventus, one of the top clubs in the world, so has no need or intention of going elsewhere.

“Di Biagio will have made his decision to call Buffon based not only on the pitch, but other situations too. He is always proud to wear the Azzurri jersey and is glad to receive the call-up.

“Juventus have historically always been at the top of European football and that is in its DNA, moving on to the Coach and players. We remain competitive, as we were last year and two years ago.

“I think our meeting with Real Madrid is a little early, but we had to face them sooner or later. In my view, they are the best team in the world and we have the utmost respect for them, but absolutely no fear.

“The Scudetto is another very important tournament, so tonight we have to focus on SPAL, which is our Real Madrid for now.”

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    Dar Black March 19, 2018 at 12:43 am

    Interesting, so Beppe thinks Real are the best team in the world. For his sake I hope he doesn’t run into Igor in a bar and mention that… He will never hear the f*cking last of it. Doubtless he will be accused of being a Juve glory fan or a secret Real fan….

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      thegutterpoet March 19, 2018 at 10:18 am

      I’d probably agree with him in terms of their squad. Zidane is yet to prove himself consistent in a more gruelling league campaign, and perhaps they will dispense with his services if they falter against us…The strongest squad requires a more wily coach, but his managerial career remains larval. Much to learn and where better to cut his fangs!

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        Dar Black March 20, 2018 at 1:56 am

        I think he has benefitted from Real’s ability to step up for the UCL matches. Perhaps any coach with that squad should do ok. They certainly know how to win it… Cometh the hour, cometh the man Ron. I hate his ego GP, but you can’t argue he is a match winner so often for them. He is a player they can mostly rely on. Somebody I think that we thought Higuain would be, but hasn’t really been in Europe at least.

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          Phantasm del Futbolista March 20, 2018 at 4:55 am

          This is why we need another striker, Dybala is the closest thing to that “Match Winner” yet he isn’t consistent enough in Europe, he used to be on par with Neymar, but Neymar is leaving him in the dust since his move to PSG. I refuse to think that Alves was right and that “Dybala needs to change teams to become better”, It just might be the constraint of Allegri’s tactical Norm.

          Higuain has been a complete waste of 90M in my opinion, we woiuld have been much better off with Aubameyang, or Lewandowski or Diego Costa, salvage the Spurs game, Higuain has been atrocious for us in the CL, it took the Semis v Monaco for him to finally score, and v Real Madrid he was a ghost. He is good for us in Serie A, but we never needed a CF for Serie A the League is still too easy for us. HE was a complete waste of 90M

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            thegutterpoet March 20, 2018 at 10:47 am

            As special as Dybala most certainly is, I have never placed his form on the same level as Neymar. The Brazilian has been incredible since very young indeed, and whilst he has honed his skills, the talent was there constantly many moons ago.

            I wouldn’t agree that Gonzalo has been a waste of money. Perhaps we could have spent a little less and got the same amount of goal, or maybe more, but he has been fine. Easily the strongest CF we have had since Trezeguet. And he is not the only player who has not performed in Europe, plenty of others have had some very poor games, yet the strength of the squad and some spirit has got us through to the quarters…Overpaid yes, but never a complete waste of money.

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          thegutterpoet March 20, 2018 at 10:51 am

          I can’t stand him or his face either, mate…but never would I criticise his quality as a technical footballer, for he is clearly one of the best of all time. That rare mixture of immense physical condition with literally once in a generation talent. Not sure what people expected of Gonzalo, i just expected goals, which have pretty much come at a decent enough rate, yet perhaps not at the levels we had hoped for, I mean more against the opposition not just the numbers. Still a world class striker in my opinion, and I would be unsurprised to see him score many more if we played a more adventurous approach rather than sloth Sami, Dybala between the lines, Juan running in circles and Mandzukic playing at LB! Perhaps if we move to play a more attacking system with a proper DM next term, we might finally see the very best of him…He still has it in him. Yet nowhere near Ronaldo in terms of outright talent, especially individual match winning potential. Only DYbala has a slither of that in his boots…

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      Phantasm del Futbolista March 20, 2018 at 4:50 am

      HA HA HA…too funny; though with a Guinness or any drink the mood will be lighter so maybe conversation moves onto other things. I think Beppe means that (on Paper) because just based on “Form” Barca and City are in their own league.

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    Phantasm del Futbolista March 20, 2018 at 5:02 am

    Can is a big mistake, though I must admit he would suit our style of play far better than he suits Klopps Gengespressing. but still for two years I have followed Liverpool and for two years Can has been woefully inconsistent. Can plays like a 75M midfielder 1 or 2 games, but then plays another 8-10 games like a 25M midfielder. Honestly he is just a younger, Physically weaker, and less injury prone version of Khedira. That is it other than that they have the same inconsistencies.

    Wilshire? Why on earth would we get him? We should have tried harder for Ozil! Arsenal’s woes seem far from cured, and i can see them missing out on the next 2 CL tournaments to come, even if Wenger leaves. Ozil and some of there better superstars should be available again soon.

    As for Can, we should forget all about him and move for Ndidi, Wanayama, Dembele, (players Liverpool are looking into, and players that seem like a definite upgrade on Can) Heck we should try and go for Matic too!! Forget Darmain, lets just take Matic and Martial

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      thegutterpoet March 21, 2018 at 1:44 am

      Klopp obviously disagrees. Hence the playing time Can has been given under his stewardship…I am no major fan of Can, and see him as a cheap upgrade on Khedira, which is fine. My position has been for a true, pure DM for many moons now, where Can is able to play but is not what I seek. Witsel was close to it…A physical beast with great feet and the ability to dictate tempo as much as hustle.

      We won’t match Arsenal’s pay structure I believe. 300k per week. Also why we couldnt entice Sanchez in the past. Though I suppose lure of the capital and PL also matter.

      I cannot see Pocchetino allowing Dembele to leave. Along with Kane he is their strongest talent. His contract is up in 19, but still doubt we could persuade player, manager or owner to sell. Not sure Wanyama is up to the standard we require. Physically he is a monster, but with his feet, perhaps a little too close to our former pal Momo Sissoko. Ndidi looks a good find, yet its a weak league defensively, so very hard to accurately judge. Certainly interesting but teams play quite carefully against Vardy and Mahrez, despite their horrid slump after the league title and slow resurgence.

      Matic won’t leave JM.

      I’d like to see out scouting network find another gem in the megarough well away from the limelight and not just invest with money but with playing time and opportunity.

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        Phantasm del Futbolista March 21, 2018 at 2:19 am

        I didn’t mean it in terms of competence, i meant it in terms of work rate and error prowess. Klopp’s style leaves Can exposed, and with a lot of work to do for himself on top of bombarding forward; we play far more compact and with “Defence first” Mentality. Playing for Juve will leave Can with far less to do, and will instantly make him look a lot better by having proper help in defense and midfield.

        The only benefit to Can, is that hopefully with WorldCup experience he can learn to be more consistent, after all he is a free signing, so i guess we risk very little. I just don’t like how Beppe seems to be only focusing on Can, and not thinking of a plan B, or bringing a Competitor for Can to slug it out with.

        Dembele their strongest talent? I don’t know JP, I think Erikson and Son, and Alli will have something to say about that. Dembele has actually only recently entered the limelight vs us, in terms of his season in the PL he is a very consistent performer but far from a SuperStar. To the Analyst he is like Fernandinho to City or Firmino to Liverpool, or Kante (More of the Unsung Hero so to speak). If we truly try for Dembele we should be able to attain him.

        Wanayama is also a beast and if Dembele isn’t available he surley will be. Ndidi seems to have the physicality and stamina to control midfield, he leads the charts as far as interceptions go.

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          thegutterpoet March 21, 2018 at 6:04 am

          I’d place Mandragora above Can in terms of current ability, odd to some yet I’ve been impressed every time I’ve seen him play for club and country. Very much hope he is considered for next season. Assume it was either him or bentancur this campaign…Rolando is more accmplished at senior level and we are crying out for a player of his natural talents.

          I like ndidi, as I wrote…but wanyama has the touch of a donkey. Classy in Scotland, less so in the premier league.

          Dembele is worth two players. He can control a midfield almost singlehandedly, is exceptionally difficult to get the ball off and can pass. Very intelligent, immensely strong and quick enough. They have been so much more solid since his return from injury. Absolut joy to watch.One of the top five CMs on the planet. Can’t say the same of Alli or Son in regards to their positions.

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    BelgianJuventino March 23, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Still of the assumption this will be a new case of Witsel, he’s obviously waiting for the most lucrative contract available and I’d be surprised if that contract happened to be the one from Juve

    • thegutterpoet
      thegutterpoet March 23, 2018 at 10:56 pm

      Similar opinion here mate. And I don’t like this shuffle politely and wait to see if he wants to go elsewhere for more money. An off from juve should be a one-off opportunity. Not a fall-back option.

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        BelgianJuventino March 26, 2018 at 9:54 am

        Indeed, you go for it 100% or you can play for United or something. Twice the pay, half the family