Pjanic: ‘Ju­ven­tus re­spect Fiorentina’

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Mid­fielder Mi­ralem Pjanic as­sures Ju­ven­tus “have a lot of re­spect” for Fiorentina, ahead to­mor­row’s game.

The Bian­coneri travel to Florence this week­end, for what is sure to be a hos­tile at­mos­phere at Sta­dio Artemio Franchi.

“It’s a dif­fi­cult place to go, so we’ll have to play a good game,” Pjanic told Sky.

“It’s a game in which we want to take all three points, we know we’ll have to fight to the end and it’ll be a game which comes down to the de­tails.

“We have a lot of re­spect for these op­po­nents, so we need to be hum­ble but above all we want to take home three points.

Juve Coach Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri com­plained that his side keep drop­ping in in­ten­sity, af­ter they came close to throw­ing away the win against Ata­lanta in the Coppa Italia.

“We just have to keep our con­cen­tra­tion. It shouldn’t be hap­pen­ing, we need to close out games ear­lier.

“We’re go­ing for­ward, we’re work­ing well and we’re get­ting re­sults but there are some de­tails which we need to cor­rect.

“Up un­til now the team has al­ways been able to cor­rect what we’ve been do­ing wrong and we want to do that in the com­ing games.”

Pjanic also dis­cussed his un­der­stand­ing with for­ward Paulo Dy­bala.

The Bos­nian has three goals and five as­sists in his last eight games, while Dy­bala has scored in his last two games as he re­cov­ers from an in­jury lay-off.

“The ob­jec­tive is al­ways to find our­selves be­tween the lines,” Pjanic ex­plained.

“Then we have the free­dom to com­bine with each other and switch po­si­tions up-front. We find each other on the pitch very of­ten and it’s easy and a plea­sure to play with him in the side.

“We have so many good play­ers and we re­spect that the Coach tries to put the best team out on the pitch.

“And as I’ve said, I make space for Dy­bala and he makes space for me. We com­bine, and now we un­der­stand each oth­ers’ move­ments well.”

Gagliar­dini in In­ter squad

Roberto Gagliar­dini could make his In­ter de­but against Chievo, as he’s in­cluded in Ste­fano Pi­oli’s squad for the match.

The mid­fielder of­fi­cially com­pleted his move to the Ner­az­zurri this week, join­ing on loan from Ata­lanta with an obli­ga­tion to buy.

It has been sug­gested that Gagliar­dini could go straight into the team for the visit of the Fly­ing Don­keys, and Pi­oli has named him in his 24-man squad.

Gary Medel is also in the squad for the match, with An­drea Ranoc­chia also in­cluded de­spite in­creas­ing ru­mours of his de­par­ture.

Ata­lanta sign Gollini

Ata­lanta have of­fi­cially con­firmed the sign­ing of As­ton Villa goal­keeper Pier­luigi Gollini on a two-year loan with an op­tion to buy.

The 21-year-old ar­rives as a re­place­ment for Marco Spor­tiello, whose trans­fer to Fiorentina was con­firmed ear­lier to­day.

“Ata­lanta BC an­nounces the sign­ing of the player Pier­luigi Gallini from As­ton Villa,” the Oro­bici an­nounced in a state­ment on their web­site.

“The goal­keeper ar­rives on a two-year loan with an op­tion to buy.”

Gollini be­gan his ca­reer with Fiorentina, be­fore be­ing in­volved in the Manch­ester United youth setup.

Fol­low­ing two sea­sons with Verona, he re­turned to Eng­land with Villa this sum­mer.

Spor­tiello joins Fiorentina

Fiorentina have of­fi­cially con­firmed the sign­ing of Ata­lanta goal­keeper Marco Spor­tiello, on loan with op­tion to buy.

The 24-year-old is seen as one of the most promis­ing young ‘keep­ers in Italy, and was heav­ily linked with Napoli in the sum­mer.

How­ever, it has to­day been an­nounced that he’ll join the Vi­ola, on what will ini­tially be a loan deal. “ACF Fiorentina an­nounces the sign­ing, on a tem­po­rary ba­sis un­til June 30, 2018 with the right of re­demp­tion, of the player Marco Spor­tiello from Ata­lanta,” a state­ment on the club’s of­fi­cial web­site reads.

“Spor­tiello was born in De­sio on May 10, 1992 and has worn the Oro­bici shirt for the last four sea­sons, mak­ing 84 Serie A ap­pear­ances.”

It’s not yet clear if Fiorentina’s right of re­demp­tion will be­come manda­tory un­der cer­tain con­di­tions.

Or­solini to Ju­ven­tus done

Ric­cardo Or­solini is likely to be­come a Ju­ven­tus player on Mon­day, as As­coli’s sport­ing di­rec­tor con­firms “an agree­ment has been reached”.

The winger has been in talks with the Bian­coneri, and Sky Italia is re­port­ing that his sign­ing will be made of­fi­cial on Mon­day.

It does ap­pear that a deal is very close, as his cur­rent club have con­firmed that an agree­ment is in place with the Turin gi­ants.

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