JU­VEN­TUS’ PJANIC CLOSES IN ON 150-TOUCH TAR­GET

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport - For­mer Italy and Ju­ven­tus mid­fielder Clau­dio Marchisio an­nounced his re­tire­ment from foot­ball on Thurs­day af­ter fail­ing to re­cover fully from a knee in­jury. The 33-yearold, who won 55 caps for Italy and played in the 2012 Euro fi­nal de­feat against Spain,

Mi­lan: On tak­ing over as Ju­ven­tus coach in June, Mau­r­izio Sarri said he wanted mid­fielder Mi­ralem Pjanic to have 150 touches of the ball in every match. The Bos­nian now ap­pears to be get­ting near that mark, touch­ing the ball 127 times in the 2-0 win over SPAL last Satur­day, in a sign that Sarri’s newlook Ju­ven­tus are be­gin­ning to take shape — just in time for their biggest match so far.

On Sun­day, sec­ond-placed Ju­ven­tus visit lead­ers In­ter Mi­lan in a ta­ble-top­ping Serie A match, hop­ing to end their op­po­nents’ 100 per cent league record.

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