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Juve’s Tevez the ‘danger man’ for Monaco

Carlos Tevez is the danger man for Monaco as they attempt to upset Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, says the French club's Italian defender Andrea Raggi.

Juve's Tevez the 'danger man' for Monaco
Carlos Tevez who has hit 17 goals in Serie A this season. Carlos Tevez photo: Shutterstock

Monaco face the Italian champions in Turin on Tuesday hoping to achieve what no other club has done for two seasons in the competition – walk away from Juventus Stadium with all three points.

Even if they score, the Principality side remain at the mercy of a player in Tevez who has hit 17 goals in Serie A this season and scored six in the Champions League.

Raggi told media in Turin on Monday: "Tevez has made the difference for Juventus and he's the number one danger for us.

"He has really impressed me, his pressing, his technical skills. He's the complete player."

Monaco, however, have made the short trip to the northern Italian city looking to leave their mark.

Leonardo Jardim's side swept Arsenal aside 3-1 at the Emirates before securing their place in the last eight on the away goals rule following a 2-0 defeat at the Stade Louis II in the return leg.

Monaco have not featured at this stage of the Champions League since the 2003-2004 season when they went all the way to the final before being humbled 3-0 by Jose Mourinho's Porto.

But Jardim insists they fully merit their place and said his "organized" and "disciplined" team won't be focusing on one player.

"We beat Arsenal in England and we finished as leaders of our group, so there's no doubt we deserve to be here," said Jardim, who made his name while coach of Sporting Braga in Portugal's top flight before spells with Olympiakos and Sporting Lisbon.

"Juventus are a team with a lot of qualities, a lot of experience, and their side is filled with quality players.

"I would say they're favourites for tomorrow and while we'll respect them, we have to go out and focus on playing our game, which is organized and disciplined, but I don't think we should focus on individual players like Tevez.

"He is the top scorer in Serie A, and has the experience and quality and so we have to be careful. But we can't afford to focus on him alone."    

For Raggi, the return to Italy will be memorable. He played alongside Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio at Empoli, and said the prospect of facing the Bianconeri could cause family friction.

"Obviously playing a quarter-final in the Champions League is already a big satisfaction, but it's even better playing here in my home country," added Raggi.

"When I grew up half my family was for Inter Milan and the other half for Juventus. My family now are definitely all 'Juventini', but tomorrow I hope they'll be supporting Monaco!"

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Euro 2020: Concern about virus spread after Italy players’ ‘unauthorised’ victory parade through Rome

Italy’s national football team reportedly insisted on taking an open-top bus tour through Rome to show off their European Championship trophy to crowds of fans - despite city authorities forbidding it amid concern about the spread of coronavirus.

Euro 2020: Concern about virus spread after Italy players' ‘unauthorised’ victory parade through Rome
Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

The team’s bus parade through the city on Monday night following their Euro 2020 triumph “was not authorised”, according to Matteo Piantedosi the head of Rome’s prefettura (the public safety authority).

Thousands of fans packed the streets of central Rome to see the team celebrate their cup win after beating England on penalties in the final.

READ ALSO: ‘Football came home’: Italy celebrates Euro 2020 victory over England

Piantedosi told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera on Wednesday: “We had denied permission to celebrate Italy’s victory in the European Championships on the open bus, but the pact was not respected.”

Piantedosi, who is Rome’s top public security official, said police had “no choice” but to let the parade go ahead after players Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci insisted on it.

Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

A meeting had been held on Friday with the Italian football federation (FIGC) to discuss plans for the celebrations if Italy won, said Piantedosi.

“I had agreed the line with Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese and Chief of Police Lamberto Giannini,” he said.

“It was clearly explained that [the parade] was not possible. We said we could not authorize it.”

Piantedosi said the Italian football federation (FIGC) initially agreed to hold a “controlled” ceremony in Rome’s central Piazza del Popolo instead of the parade.

After players insisted on the bus tour on Monday however, Piantedosi said, authorities reluctantly let them go ahead due to fears of sparking public disorder.

“At that point we had no choice but to acknowledge the situation and handle it in the best way we could,” he said.

READ ALSO: Covid cases on the rise in Europe once again as WHO warns of Euro 2020 risk

Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

In a statement on Wednesday, the FIGC said it had acted responsibly but decided not to disappoint fans who had come to celebrate with the team.

Footage of large crowds thronging the bus carrying the ‘Azzurri’ and the European Championship trophy through the capital however fuelled concerns about new outbreaks of coronavirus, after Italy’s infection rate began to rise again last week.

The World Health Organization warned earlier this month that crowds and gatherings connected to football matches will fuel a new rise in cases across Europe this summer.

READ ALSO: Delta variant in Italy will be ‘prevalent within 10 days’: health official

Italy’s health minister Roberto Speranza also voiced concerns on Monday about the consequences of people gathering to watch sporting events.

He said the European football championship win was “a great joy after terrible months,” but “even in these moments of national pride we can’t forget that our ‘game’ to defeat Covid is not yet won.”

There are currently minimal health restrictions in place across Italy, however masks are supposed to be worn in crowded public places, including outdoors.

“Footage shows that police were virtually the only ones [in the crowd] wearing masks,” said Piantedosi.

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