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Beleaguered Maurizio Sarri says Juventus are battling ‘mental fatigue’ after defeat by Udinese

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Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri believes his side are battling ‘mental fatigue’ after suffering a shock defeat to Udinese.

The loss – which was brought about by Seko Fofana’s 92nd-minute winner –  means Juventus will have to wait for at least another game before they can confirm their ninth consecutive Serie A title.

The Bianconeri have surrendered 18 points from leading situations in Serie A this season, and they went in front at the Dacia Arena with a Matthijs de Ligt stunner.

Maurizio Sarri believes his Juventus side are battling 'mental fatigue' after losing to Udinese

Maurizio Sarri believes his Juventus side are battling 'mental fatigue' after losing to Udinese

Maurizio Sarri believes his Juventus side are battling ‘mental fatigue’ after losing to Udinese

The defeat means Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo will have to wait for his second Serie A title

The defeat means Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo will have to wait for his second Serie A title

The defeat means Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo will have to wait for his second Serie A title

But Ilija Nestorovski’s diving header restored parity before Fofana’s counter-attack in added time turned it all around.

The strikes were the 37th and 38th goals Juventus had conceded in the league this season, compared with just 30 in the whole of the previous campaign. 

And Sarri maintained that his side’s lack of organisation at crucial junctures has been costing his side in recent weeks. 

‘That’s what is happening lately, we’ve lost our organisation and shape,’ Sarri told Sky Sport Italia.

Paulo Dybala was frustrated with Juventus now having lost 18 points from winning positions

Paulo Dybala was frustrated with Juventus now having lost 18 points from winning positions

Paulo Dybala was frustrated with Juventus now having lost 18 points from winning positions

The Bianconeri took the lead thanks to a stunning strike from defender Matthijs de Ligt

The Bianconeri took the lead thanks to a stunning strike from defender Matthijs de Ligt

The Bianconeri took the lead thanks to a stunning strike from defender Matthijs de Ligt

‘We had a good first half performance, conceded the equaliser and wanted to win at all costs, which is why we started to get too disorganised and loose.

‘It was our desire to win that made it a more dangerous approach and we lost it at the 93rd [minute] precisely because we wanted to win at all costs.

‘It’s difficult to find balance at the moment, as everyone in every team is getting tired. We’re also not as aggressive because of that, but I believe organisation is more important than aggression right now. 

‘It’s more mental fatigue than physical, as we lost our cool after the equaliser. Games are so strange after the lockdown, as the inertia changes so rapidly. We must learn the lessons of these fixtures and try to keep our shape.’

But Ilija Nestorovski's diving header restored parity before Seko Fofana's (above) winner

But Ilija Nestorovski's diving header restored parity before Seko Fofana's (above) winner

But Ilija Nestorovski’s diving header restored parity before Seko Fofana’s (above) winner

The 61-year-old former Chelsea and Napoli boss also lamented the absence of key starts such as stalwarts Giorgio Chiellini and Leonard Bonucci, while claiming striker Gonzalo Higuain would have been ‘useful’ in Udine. 

‘We also had 12 penalties awarded against us, which is unusual for the big clubs. There have been more spot-kicks in general, it’s an all-time record, even if our percentage went up a lot more than some others,’ Sarri continued.

‘Giorgio Chiellini has practically been out all season and people don’t realise how much his experience and character was missed. Leonardo Bonucci was also suspended today, Miralem Pjanic had a little adductor issue, but nothing serious.

‘Gonzalo Higuain is out, he too would’ve been useful against more defensive opponents.’

Sarri also claims he missed the experience of Giorgio Chiellini and Gonzalo Higuain (above)

Sarri also claims he missed the experience of Giorgio Chiellini and Gonzalo Higuain (above)

Sarri also claims he missed the experience of Giorgio Chiellini and Gonzalo Higuain (above)

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WWE star Zelina Vega shows off flawless figure in tiny bikini sending Instagram followers wild ahead of Asuka match

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WWE star Zelina Vega has warmed up for her first shot at the Raw Women’s Championship by posting a number of video game cosplay bikini snaps.

The beautiful 29-year-old, real name Thea Megan Budgen, has shone brighter than ever before throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Zelina Vega has shared a number of cosplay photographs on Instagram

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Zelina Vega has shared a number of cosplay photographs on InstagramCredit: Instagram
The WWE star has recently gone it alone on Raw after previously starring as a manager

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The WWE star has recently gone it alone on Raw after previously starring as a managerCredit: Instagram
Vega will battle Asuka for the Raw Women's Title at Clash of Champions

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Vega will battle Asuka for the Raw Women’s Title at Clash of ChampionsCredit: WWE

We have only caught glimpses of her in the ring previously as she concentrated on her management career in WWE, guiding Andrade and Angel Garza.

However, she has ditched the tag-team duo over recent weeks to embark on her singles career competing inside the squared-circle.

And she is instantly aiming for the top after going face-to-face and then slapping the fearsome red brand title holder Asuka.

Vega, who is fast becoming one of the best heels in the business, then beat Mickie James to become No1 contender two days ago to set-up her match against the champ at Sunday’s Clash of Champions.

She has already whipped fans into frenzy on Instagram ahead of her moment of destiny by sharing a host of sexy snaps on Instagram.

Vega showed off photos of herself in some video game character cosplays while wearing a bikini.

She captioned it with: “Cosplays in bikinis coming sooooon #Dva of #overwatch and #Ahri of #leagueoflegends.. #cosplay.”

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Meanwhile, when asked by TV Insider recently about her desire to prove herself on Raw, she said: “It was the same with NXT where you have to prove yourself to the audience. They have to know you to form an opinion of you.

“This is why when I first started wrestling I didn’t want to just jump into doing shows. Once the audience knows you, it’s hard to undo that.

“For me, I wanted to make sure I was ready and have the audience feel the way I wanted them to feel about me. You just have to prove yourself.

“Raw is a whole different stage as is SmackDown. It can be Raw and SmackDown versus NXT.

“You don’t know that until you step out and realise the difference in reaction.

“Then it becomes, ‘Okay, I have to prove myself to the Raw audience now because this is different.’ Now this is another step where I can prove myself again.”

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Vega has bravely opened up about overcoming the loss of her father in the September 11 terror attacks in New York.

Despite her long on-screen association with Andrade, she is married to fellow Raw star Aleister Black.

Vega and the Dutchman, real name Tom Budgen, tied the knot in 2018 and live in Tampa, Florida.

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Tapped calls show how Luis Suarez passed his citizenship test, investigators claim

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Italian investigators will reportedly examine the emails, laptop and mobile phone of a lawyer hired by Juventus amid claims she promised to have potential signings take their Italian citizenship test at the University for Foreigners of Perugia in future if they allowed Luis Suarez to pass. 

Italian police are investigating claims that the former Liverpool star cheated in his citizenship test in a bid to speed up his now collapsed to Juventus. 

Tapped phone calls between Maria Turco, a lawyer hired by the Serie A champions, and an official at the University for Foreigners of Perugia allegedly contain them negotiating over passing the Uruguayan striker, and what the university would get in return.

Luis Suarez (centre right) arrived in Perugia last week to take an Italian citizenship test

Luis Suarez (centre right) arrived in Perugia last week to take an Italian citizenship test

It has been claimed that Suarez cheated in the test in order to speed up his move to Juventus, and law enforcers are now investigating correspondence between a lawyer and a university

It has been claimed that Suarez cheated in the test in order to speed up his move to Juventus, and law enforcers are now investigating correspondence between a lawyer and a university

A move to Juve has now fallen through with Suarez expected to join Atletico Madrid but he flew to Perugia last week and passed a dual citizenship test in case terms were agreed with Juventus.

But while he doesn’t appear to be moving to Italy, Suarez could find himself in hot water after claims by Repubblica and Ansa earlier this week that there were ‘irregularities’ in the test.

Now, a report by Corrierre della Sella claims there were three phone calls between Turco, who works with Juve’s lawyer Luigi Chiappero, and the director general of the university, Simone Olivieri. 

It is claimed they discussed how Suarez could pass his test and what the university would get in return on phone calls monitored by the Guardia di Finanza, which investigates financial crimes in Italy.

Turco allegedly claims they would send more non-EU players needing to pass the citizenship test to the University for Foreigners of Perugia in future but only if Suarez passes the test seamlessly. 

But Repubblica claim the alleged guarantees from Turco have not yet been deemed as sufficient evidence to bring charges of ‘pressure or corruption’, meaning neither her nor Juventus officials are on a list of suspects. 

But it is reported that investigators want to examine Turco’s computer, mobile phone and e-mail accounts to reconstruct the lawyer’s role in the probe. 

It is even claimed the university allowed Suarez to take the test early, on September 17 rather than September 22. 

Suarez, pictured at Barcelona's training ground earlier this month, will be leaving the club

Suarez, pictured at Barcelona’s training ground earlier this month, will be leaving the club 

Suarez is one of Barcelona's all-time top goalscorers but he doesn't appear to have a future

Suarez is one of Barcelona’s all-time top goalscorers but he doesn’t appear to have a future

The test was also reportedly ‘tailor-made’ to benefit Suarez and they made four other foreigners takes the test on September 17 with Suarez, instead of September 22.

It has been reported that Suarez was sent the questions in advance and passed the Italian language (B1 level) exam having already been told the answers.

Repubblica carried quotes from an official on Monday, who said: ‘He does not speak a word of Italian. He does not conjugate verbs, he only speaks using the infinitive. If journalists would ask him some questions, he’d be lost. He earns €10million (£9.1m) a year, he needs to pass this exam.’

It is also claimed Perugia police officials were ‘monitoring the university to try and prove Suarez’s questions had been previously agreed’ and that he had been ‘prepared on the answers’. 

The police are now said to be acquiring documentation from the University for Foreigners of Perugia and the player risks heavy legal action by the Public Prosecutor of Perugia.

In a statement from the Prosecutor, it was explained: ‘During the investigations delegated since February 2020 to the Economic and Financial Police Unit of the Guardia di Finanza of Perugia, irregularities in the test of certification of the Italian language, carried out on 17 September last, by the Uruguayan footballer Luis Alberto Suarez Diaz.   

Alvaro Morata's move to Juventus has seemingly ended Suarez's chance of going there anyway

Alvaro Morata’s move to Juventus has seemingly ended Suarez’s chance of going there anyway

Suarez could now join up with Diego Simeone at Atletico, but Barca want to stop the deal

Suarez could now join up with Diego Simeone at Atletico, but Barca want to stop the deal

‘From the investigative activities it was found that the exam topics were previously agreed with the candidate and that the relative score was attributed even before the oral test was carried out, although it was found during the distance lessons held by the University teachers an elementary knowledge of the Italian language.

‘Today, the soldiers of the Guardia di Finanza are proceeding with documentary acquisitions at the University offices as well as the notification of guarantee information for the crimes of disclosure of office secrets, ideological falsehood committed by the public official in public acts.’

The president of the Italian FA, Gabriele Gravina, told Sky Sports Italia: ‘I think we are exaggerating on this matter, let’s let the federal prosecutor work. 

‘It is a person who came to Italy to complete his studies.’

Suarez, meanwhile, is now not set to join Juventus anyway after they secured the return of Alvaro Morata on loan from Atletico Madrid.  

That deal has paved the way for Suarez to join Atletico Madrid instead, effectively rendering his Italian test pointless.

That said, it has been reported that even his move across Spain will not be plain sailing, with Barcelona attempting to put a stop to the move.

Onda Cero report that Barca want to add Atletico Madrid to a list of ‘vetoed teams’ that Suarez can’t join when they finally agree to cancel his Nou Camp contract. 

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Luis Suarez leaves Barcelona’s training ground IN TEARS having said goodbye to his team-mates

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Luis Suarez has been captured leaving Barcelona‘s training ground in tears as he closes in on a move to Atletico Madrid

The Uruguayan said his goodbyes to good friend Lionel Messi and the rest of his teammates on Wednesday and is expected in the next few hours to be confirmed as the latest star to leave the Camp Nou in a £3.7m deal.

The 33-year-old – who will leave Barcelona as the club’s third highest goalscorer of all time – was then captured shedding tears as he briefly put his head down while he drove out of and away from the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper facilities.

Luis Suarez left Barcelona's training ground in tears ahead of his move to Atletico Madrid

Luis Suarez left Barcelona’s training ground in tears ahead of his move to Atletico Madrid

Since moving to Barcelona from Liverpool in 2014, Suarez has netted a remarkable 197 times in 283 appearances and the club are expected to make a farewell gesture to the striker on Thursday.

The Uruguayan will sign for two seasons with Madrid, who after Tuesday’s deal have agreed to pay just under £4m for each of the two seasons for which the Uruguayan will sign for.

However – much to the relief of Ronald Koeman who is against the clock to bring in fresh faces to the Camp Nou – Suarez’ tears appear to signal the end of yet another transfer saga at the Catalan side this summer.

On Tuesday, it was reported that Barcelona were attempting to put the brakes on Atletico’s move for Suarez by adding their rivals to a list of ‘vetoed clubs’ he can’t join, alongside rivals Real Madrid, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

The Uruguayan said goodbye to team-mates including Lionel Messi ahead of the £3.7m move

The Uruguayan said goodbye to team-mates including Lionel Messi ahead of the £3.7m move

Suarez has netted a remarkable 197 times in 283 appearances since joining from Liverpool

Suarez has netted a remarkable 197 times in 283 appearances since joining from Liverpool

But Atletico have nevertheless emerged as the front-runners for Suarez’s signature after a move to Juventus fell through.

Suarez flew to Perugia, Italy, last week and passed a dual citizenship test in order to accelerate his move to the Serie A champions.

But that deal collapsed and Suarez could now find himself in hot water after claims by La Repubblica and Ansa that there were ‘irregularities’ in the test. 

It has been reported that Suarez was sent the questions in advance and passed the Italian language (B1 level) exam having already been told the answers, with an investigation by the Guardia di Finanza now underway.

But he is now set to line up for Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid in LaLiga next season

But he is now set to line up for Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid in LaLiga next season

The police are now said to be acquiring documentation from the University of Perugia, where Suarez’s test took place, and the player risks heavy legal action by the Public Prosecutor of Perugia.

Spanish giants Barcelona meanwhile have been in a state of crisis this summer amid the coronavirus crisis crippling their finances while they were left to pick up the pieces following the huge fall-out from the Lionel Messi transfer saga. 

But after board members were divided on the Messi issues, there has been a significant split in the Barcelona boardroom over the club’s choice to allow the experienced striker Suarez to join their La Liga rivals, according to Onda Cero.  

Suarez will fill the gap left by Alvaro Morata, who joined Juventus on loan this week

Suarez will fill the gap left by Alvaro Morata, who joined Juventus on loan this week

However, to the reported dismay of some board members Suarez will join Atletico, who have themselves freed up space in the squad after Alvaro Morata joined former club Juventus on loan.

Former Liverpool star Suarez joins Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic and Nelson Semedo has the high-profile departures at Camp Nou this summer.

Vidal joined Inter Milan for just £917,000 earlier this week, Croatian Rakitic went back to former club Sevilla for £1.3m while right-back Semedo has become the latest Portuguese addition at Wolves following a £37m move to Molineux. 

Suarez won four LaLiga titles and as many Copa del Rey trophies, with his solitary Champions League win coming in 2015 after Barcelona beat Juventus in Berlin. 

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