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Italy: “I arrived at Juventus at the most inopportune moment”, referee Angel Di Maria

It was he who told the DAZN Italia website: “I arrived at the worst time for Juventus, but I am happy here. The main thing is to be strong as a club, to keep working, to be a close-knit team.” Argentine world champion and former PSG star Ángel D. Maria arrived at Juventus Turin at a bad time last summer.

On January 20, the Old Lady was fined 15 league points by the Italian Court of Sport for accounting fraud in player transfers. With this miss, Juventus were ninth, 14 points behind the top 4 Calcio. This inevitably reduces ambition, and the former Parisian is in the front row to assess the consequences. The midfielder, however, assures that this heavy punishment will not affect his future in Italy.

At 34, Di Maria is tied to Juventus until next summer and nothing will change. “No, because my priority is always my family,” he explains. My family is happy in Turin, they are happy here. I’m in the biggest club in Italy and one of the biggest in Europe. And I’m happy here too. From a sporting point of view, the title now seems out of reach.

But Di Maria doesn’t give up on his ambitions to qualify for the Champions League, even if the club is currently on 23 points: “It’s hard to suddenly end up with 23 points, but we have to continue with the same mindset,” continues Di Maria. The impossible is possible. Juventus lost a lot and ended up winning because they have a winning mentality. We have to work and strive for the fourth place, be strong as a group, with the fans. »


Source: Le Parisien

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