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By The Atlas Lions, Dec 30 2018 01:21PM

Juventus’ Head Coach Massimiliano Allegri said that Morocco’s Atlas Lion Mehdi Benatia is a key player in the Italian giant.


By Morocco World News -


Rabat –The head coach of Italy’s Old Lady, Massimiliano Allegri, defended Moroccan footballer Mehdi Benatia after he was benched for several key games.


The coach told reporters at a press conference that Benatia is an important player and letting him go would be a “mistake.”


He also said that Benatia played six games with the football team. He added that the footballer was not always feeling well, but he remains a key player for Juventus.


Allegri also shut down rumors he was leaving Juventus, saying that he still has a year and a half left of his contract.


He also told reporters that he is happy with the Italian giant.


Earlier this week, Benatia reassured his fans that hard times will pass, saying that a “lion never dies, he sleeps.”


His message for his fans illustrates his determination to work hard to improve his skills and move his career forward.


Benatia thanked his fans for their support in this “difficult period.”


The footballer joined Juventus from Bayern Munich, initially on loan in 2016. He was later signed permanently by the club in the 2017-18 season.


Benatia is also the captain of the Moroccan national football team.

By The Atlas Lions, Dec 12 2018 12:59PM

(Goal.com) The 31-year-old defender has been ruled out of Wednesday's Champions League game in Bern

Medhi Benatia will sit out Juventus' clash against Young Boys on Wednesday as he continues recovery from a knee injury, the Italian club confirmed.


The centre-back who has not played a game for the Bianconeri since November [vs. AC Milan] suffered an inflammation in his right knee during a training session on Monday.


As a result, the Morocco international did not travel with the rest of the squad to Switzerland and also missed the chance to make his second appearance in the Champions League this season.


Benatia has managed just 90 minutes of action in the tournament this term, his only appearance against the same opposition.


"Juve already began training for the fixture [vs. Young Boys], and this morning they worked on the tactical and technical aspects of the match," read the club statement.


"During the session, Medhi Benatia stopped because of an inflammation in his right knee."


Having qualified to the knockout round, Massimiliano Allegri's men, currently top of Group H, with two points above Manchester United need to avoid defeat at the Stade de Suisse to maintain their spot as group leaders.


Benatia has played six games in all competitions this season - a situation that has made him worried about his future at the Allianz Stadium with Barcelona and Marseille reportedly interested in his signing.


He was an unused substitute as Juventus extended their dominance at the summit of the Serie A log with a 1-0 victory over Inter Milan on Friday.



By The Atlas Lions, Nov 12 2018 11:17AM

“We wanted to put in a good performance and we did that tonight”


Medhi Benatia was a key component of the Juventus defence that kept a clean sheet in the visit to Milan on Sunday evening. His handball did lead to the penalty that was squandered by Gonzalo Higuain in the first half but the defender barely put a foot wrong during the match.


“I’m glad about the performance and the win,” he said after the game.


“It was nice to be part of such a prestigious fixture. Yesterday I was getting a massage with Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Daniele] Rugani and I saw it being said on TV that I often mess up in big games, so I wanted to show that I can be relied upon.


“It was important for us to bounce back after the Manchester United match. We wanted to put in a good performance and we did that tonight. Playing against Higuain, a good friend of mine, was an added incentive.”





By The Atlas Lions, Nov 10 2018 08:24PM

AC Milan have reportedly started to consider joining the race to sign Juventus defender Mehdi Benatia.


The 31-year-old has spent the last three years representing the Italian champions, but the centre-back has been restricted to just five appearances in Serie A and the Champions League this season.


That has allegedly resulted in interest from Manchester United and Arsenal - who could be in the market for a new defender in January - but according to Sport Mediaset, Milan are also monitoring the situation.


Gennaro Gattuso's side require a replacement for the injured Mattia Caldara, and that could see a loan bid made for Morocco international Benatia.


The report suggests that Milan would have to commit to paying a €15m (£13.1m) fee for a permanent transfer at the end of the season.


Benatia has also played for Udinese and Roma in Italy's top flight, while three years were spent contracted to Bayern Munich.



By The Atlas Lions, Nov 5 2018 09:38PM


By Football Italia staff


Juventus centre-back Medhi Benatia admits “I’m struggling playing a game every now and then” and “we’ll see what happens” in January.


The Moroccan played 90 minutes against Cagliari on Saturday, but he’s played only four Serie A games so far this season.


“I’m struggling playing a game every now and then,” Benatia told La Stampa.


“Last year I did well because I had more consistency, unfortunately I don’t have it this year. It’s part of my job, and I work to always be ready, but it’s not a pleasant situation.


“It’s normal that I’m not enjoying it, I’m 31 and I want to play as much as possible.


“January? Let’s see what happens, how I’m used, if Juve still need me, if [Coach Max] Allegri wants me…


“I’m available to the team, as long as I’m here I’ll give my all. If I’m needed in the Champions League I’ll be ready.”



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