Sport Like Barca without Messi, Juve without Ronaldo - Ilicic out of Atalanta's PSG showdown
Juventus 2-0 Sampdoria: Ronaldo strike helps seal Scudetto for Bianconeri
Juventus clinched a ninth successive Scudetto thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschi in a 2-0 win over Sampdoria.Juve knew three points would clinch another title but, having won just one of their previous five games, they needed a moment of magic from their talisman in first-half stoppage time to set them on their way.
Josip Ilicic is out of Atalanta's Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain, with head coach Gian Piero Gasperini conceding the Slovenia international is unlikely to play a part if the Serie A side progress in the tournament.
Ilicic was Atalanta's hero in their last-16 encounter against Valencia, following a superb finish in a 4-1 first-leg victory at San Siro by scoring all four in a 4-3 triumph at the Mestalla.
Ronaldo gives the Scudetto to Juve
© Supplied by Sofoot Done! Juve won the Scudetto after a match of calves, filled with testosterone and rough, almost carnal contact. A meeting where Ronaldo showed the way to his partners, before Bernardeschi delivered his own. The Turinese are now seven points ahead of Inter, and can cut the champagne to celebrate their ninth consecutive title. Juventus Football Club 2-0 Sampdoria Goals: Ronaldo (45 + 6th) and Bernardeschi (66th) for Juventus Neuf. It's a beautiful number, nine.
The 32-year-old missed La Dea's final six matches of the Serie A campaign, having returned to his homeland for personal reasons and Gasperini is planning for the immediate future without him.
"He is surrounded by a lot of affection, there are those situations that can happen to anyone when you least expect it," the Atalanta boss told Rai Radio 1.
"Precisely for this reason we are all helping him. Objectively it is difficult for him to return to the Champions League, the player has been standing [still] for a long time.
"It would already be nice to see him again for the next season."
PSG midfielder Marco Verratti believes Atalanta without Ilicic is akin to taking Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo out of their respective teams.
Like PSG, Atalanta could have an absentee of size
After Atalanta's success against Parma on Tuesday night (2-1), Gian Piero Gasperini acknowledged that the chances of seeing striker Josip Ilicic aligned against PSG were weak. © Supplied by Football 365 Gasperini While the quarter-final of the Champions League between PSG and Atalanta looms in two weeks, the absence of Kylian Mbappé in the Parisian ranks is fueling all the debates. But the champions of France will perhaps not be the only ones to have to do without a very influential player.
Nevertheless, he knows Thomas Tuchel's side face a tall order against free-scoring opponents who finished third in Serie A for a second consecutive season.
"It weighs a lot for them, as Messi's absence from Barcelona or Ronaldo's from Juventus can weigh," Italy international Verratti told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"But even without him, Atalanta have continued to win and it's all thanks to Gasperini's work."
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Serie A: Juve squad check: with or without Ronaldo? This is what Pirlo's "old lady" could look like .
After the unexpected end in the Champions League round of 16 against Olympique Lyon (highlights: Here you can see the end in the video!) Juventus Turin separated from coach Maurizio Sarri and she just joined the U23 Lotte club legend Andrea Pirlo appointed the new strong man of the professionals. How could the "old lady" look with Pirlo on the sidelines in the future? SPOX and Goal do the squad check.