Juventus act quick, hire Massimiliano Allegri to replace Conte as manager

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Less than 24 hours after Juventus legend Antonio Conte stepped down as manger of the Turin club, La Vecchia Signora have a new man at the helm.

Massimiliano Allegri.

On Wednesday the Italian champions announced the former AC Milan manager is now in charge, after he had spent over three-and-a-half years in charge of the Milan club.

Allegri won the Serie A title in his debut season at the San Siro, back in 2010-2011, however things turned sour earlier this year and Allegri was given his marching orders in January 2014.

Speaking about his appointment, Allegri said: “It is an honor for me, I’m very happy and I know what a big job coaching Juventus is.”

Juventus have won three-straight Italian titles and possess a squad brimming with talent. However it is thought that Conte was stopped from spending substantial amounts on players this summer, as he lined up deals for the likes of Alexis Sanchez but saw them fall through. Conte, alongside Roberto Mancini, is now a frontrunner to become the new manager of the Italian national team.

After Conte’s shock departure on Tuesday, when he left the club by mutual consent after stating that it “may be more difficult to keep winning with Juventus,” the club have acted quickly to bring in a stable replacement who can steady the ship.

It seems like a smart move from Juve, however Allegri may have some work to do with Andrea Pirlo. Juventus’ new manager let the 35-year-old playmaker leave Milan in 2011 after stating he wanted a more physical player in front of the back four. However Allegri has already spoke glowingly of Pirlo and his qualities, so there doesn’t seem to be any issues there.

Can Allegri keep Juve on track and help them compete for titles not only domestically but in Europe?

That will be his goal, as well as keeping hold of key players such as Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal who are linked with big money moves away from Juventus this summer.

How can Man United qualify for last 16 of Champions League?

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Heading into the their final UEFA Champions League Group B game, Manchester United hold their destiny in their own hands, but any slip-up could mean it’s Europa League on Thursday nights for Louis Van Gaal‘s men.

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The Red Devils would have advanced to the knockout stage with a victory over third-place PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but slumped to an ugly 0-0 draw instead.

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So, here’s all of the scenarios for the final matchday of the group stage, away to Wolfsburg, in which United would advance to the round of 16 advance:

  • A Man United win will see Man United finish top of Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV draw or loss (vs. CSKA Moscow), will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV victory, will see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV loss, will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United loss by more than one goal, coupled with a PSV draw, would see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV win, would see Man United finish third in Group B

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There are your scenarios for Man United as it’s pretty simple to break it down: Win, and they go through. Fail to win, and their fate is completely in the hands of PSV.

VIDEO: Can Leicester stun the world? Man United title favorites?

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The Foxes are top of the Premier League and are led by a surging Jamie Vardy but how long can they keep shocking the world?

With six tough games coming up between now and the start of 2016, Claudio Ranieri‘s men will be pushed to their limit but so far this season they’ve been sensational and Vardy has equaled Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistlerooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight PL games.

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Can he make it 11 in a row on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) when United visit the King Power Stadium? As for the Red Devils, they sit in second place and are just one point behind the flying Foxes’. Louis Van Gaal‘s men have certainly flown under the radar so far and our churning out wins at an impressive rate.

Jenna Corrado and I discuss that and more in the latest edition of PST Extra. Click play on the video above to see our chat in full.

Men in Blazers podcast: The Leicester fairytale goes on

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Rog and Davo revel in another chapter of the Leicester City fairytale, break down Liverpool’s shock dismantling of Manchester City and discuss Arsenal’s slip against West Brom.

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Pellegrini updates status of Joe Hart’s hamstring injury

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Joe Hart was forced to leave Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, which he seemed to incur while making a spectacular one-on-one kick-save late in the second half.

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Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed after the game that Hart’s injury is indeed a hamstring issue, and went on to say that he would need further tests once the team arrives back in Manchester to determine the severity and how long, if at all, City and England’s no. 1 would be out of action.

Man City, currently third in the Premier League on 26 points, will host eighth-place Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).