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Kulusevski: ‘Everything is beautiful at Juve’

Swedish starlet Dejan Kulusevski revealed ‘it doesn’t matter how old you are’ at Juventus. ‘If you have to play, you have to play.’

Former Atalanta winger Kulusevski signed with the Bianconeri in January but was immediately loaned out to Parma, to finish the 2019-20 season where he started it.

But the Sweden international admits he has found a ‘beautiful’ place in Turin, where everybody wants to help him develop as a player.

“Everything is beautiful here, there’s no question of age,” Kulusevski told Sky Sport Italia. “It doesn’t matter how old you are.

“If you have to play, you have to play. Everyone really helps us a lot and everyone is ready to answer every question I have.

“When I do something that is not right, they tell me immediately, to help me improve.”

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Lippi: ‘I’m done coaching’

Former Italy CT and World Cup winner Marcello Lippi has revealed he has coached for the last time. ‘I’m definitely done with coaching’.

Lippi’s has been without a job since he let the position as China CT in November 2019 and leaves a 30-year-long career in the dugout.

He started as the U19 coach at Sampdoria and has memorable spells with Atalanta, Napoli, Inter and Juventus before he became the Azzurri CT in July 2004.

The 72-year-old picked up five Scudetti, one Coppa Italia and one Champions League title with the Old Lady, but his biggest achievement must be the 2006 World Cup with the Azzurri in Germany.

Lippi didn’t say he was completely done with football and hopes to ‘be useful in other roles’ in the future.

“I’m definitely done with the coaching job,” Lippi told Radio Sportiva. “That’s right, it’s enough.

“Maybe I could be useful in other roles, let’s see. But nothing until spring.”

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Serie A Week 5 referees

The referees for Serie A Week 5 have been announced and the AIA has given Milan-Roma to Piero Giacomelli, as Fabrizio Pasqua oversees Juventus-Verona.

The 42-year-old referee from Trieste, Giacomelli, has been given the big match on Monday night, when the Giallorossi travels to Milan.

It’s Giacomelli’s second appointment in Serie A 2020-21, after having been in charge of Fiorentina-Sampdoria on October 2.

Pasqua has been handed Hellas Verona’s trip to the Allianz Stadium on Sunday and has previously overseen only one defeat in eight games in charge of the Old Lady.

The 37-year-old has overseen four Verona triumphs in nine attempts and has yet to award a penalty in one of the Gialloblu’s games.

Elsewhere, Davide Massa will oversee Genoa-Inter at the Marassi, Massimiliano Irrati has been given Lazio-Bologna and Gianpaolo Calvarese will be in charge when Atalanta host Sampdoria in Bergamo.

The referee from Crotone-Juventus, Francesco Fourneau, has been given the match between Fiorentina and Udinese this weekend.

Serie A Week 5 referees

Friday:

Sassuolo-Torino: Guida (VAR: Di Paolo)

Saturday:

Atalanta-Sampdoria: Calvarese (VAR: Banti)

Genoa-Inter: Massa (VAR: Di Bello)

Lazio-Bologna: Irrati (VAR: Mazzoleni)

Sunday:

Cagaliari-Crotone: Di Martino (VAR: Chiffi)

Benevento-Napoli: Doveri (VAR: Valeri)

Parma-Spezia: Marini (VAR: Orsato)

Fiorentina-Udinese: Fourneau (VAR: Mariani)

Juventus-Verona: Pasqua (VAR: La Penna)

Monday:

Milan-Roma: Giacomelli (VAR: Nasca)

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Chiellini injury not serious

There is good news for Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini, as tests ruled out muscular lesions, so his injury is not serious.

The defender limped off during last night’s 2-0 Champions League victory away to Dynamo Kiev.

There had been concerns he might’ve pulled a hamstring or suffered a thigh strain.

However, a statement released this afternoon by the club confirms there were no muscular lesions.

It means his condition will be evaluated on a daily basis and he is expected to be out for 7-10 days.

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Allegri option for PSG and Chelsea?

Max Allegri remains a free agent, with different reports linking him with the PSG, Manchester United and Chelsea jobs.

The Scudetto winner is available after his Juventus contract expired, having taken a year off following his dismissal.

He has repeatedly been linked with the Manchester United role, although their 2-1 win away to PSG last night bolstered Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position.

Instead, it piled more pressure on Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel, and La Gazzetta dello Sport and le10sport.com maintain Allegri’s shadow is already hanging over the German tactician.

Meanwhile, Quotidiano Sportivo newspaper insists Chelsea are still keeping a close eye on Allegri’s situation and could swoop if Frank Lampard’s results do not improve.

Allegri has won six Serie A titles between Juventus and Milan, four editions of the Coppa Italia, three Italian Supercups and reached the Champions League Final twice.

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