Allegri To Leave Juventus At End Of Season

 

Massimiliano Allegri will not coach Serie A giants Juventus next season, the club said on Friday.

“Massimiliano Allegri will not be on the Juventus bench for the 2019/2020 season,” the club said in a statement.

Juventus have already wrapped up their eighth consecutive title, and Allegri’s fifth in as many years since replacing Antonio Conte in 2014.

Allegri Denies Juventus Exit Rumours

Juventus’ Italian coach Massimiliano Allegri gestures during the Italian Serie A football match between Juventus and Torino on May 3, 2019, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.
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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri on Saturday dismissed talk he is about to quit the Serie A champions, hitting back at the criticism he received following his side’s Champions League quarter-final exit at the hands of Ajax.

“Sometimes I wonder if I hadn’t managed to bring home some trophies in these years, what would have happened?” asked the 51-year-old, who recently won his fifth league title in as many years.

“Maybe they would have impaled me and burnt me at the stake.”

Allegri, speaking ahead of his side’s Serie A trip to Roma on Sunday, said he was due to meet with club chairman Andrea Agnelli to discuss his plans for next season.

“I have already told the chairman that I would like to stay, but now we need to talk,” he said.

“I have had the new Juventus in mind for six months, but first I need to meet Agnelli to see if we agree.”

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Juventus, who were also booted out of the Coppa Italia by Atalanta, have been linked with the return of Allegri’s predecessor Antonio Conte, who won the first three of their current run of eight titles in a row.

Other names reported in Italian media include Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi, Champions League finalist Mauricio Pochettino and France coach Didier Deschamps.

“Rumours about my successors are part of the game,” said Allegri, who also won the league with AC Milan in 2011.

“I am grateful to the chairman and he also said he wanted to continue with me.

“I told him before Ajax that I would stay. I owe him and club.”

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Ronaldo Is The Future Of Juventus – Allegri

Juventus’ Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a goal. AFP

 

 

Cristiano Ronaldo is committed to Juventus next season despite his bitter disappointment at the Italian giants Champions League flop, coach Massimiliano Allegri revealed on Friday.

Allegri’s injury-hit side host Fiorentina on Saturday needing just a point to lift their eighth straight Serie A title, days after a shock home 2-1 defeat to the Dutch side that saw them eliminated 3-2 on aggregate.

“Cristiano is the future of Juventus. He has done very well this year and will do so next season, of course he is disappointed like all of us but he’s calm about it,” said Allegri.

“Cristiano has had an extraordinary season and will play tomorrow.”

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo had been bidding for a sixth Champions League title to add to his four won with Real Madrid and one with Manchester United.

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The 34-year-old joined Juventus from Real last summer in a 100 million-euro ($117 million) deal which runs until 2022, with a reported annual salary of 31 million euros.

He scored six of his teams’ 14 Champions League goals this season and has 19 so far in Serie A, four behind leading scorer Fabio Quagliarella.

“Ronaldo’s arrival did not give us any certainty of winning the Champions League,” continued Allegri.

“Barcelona play a semi-final this year for the first time after four years and they have (Lionel) Messi. Football is not just about individuals.

“We have to put the disappointment of the elimination in the Champions League behind us.”

Injuries have hit Juve hard ahead of the weekend’s clash, with Sami Khedira announcing yesterday that he is set to have season-ending knee surgery, while Allegri revealed that key attacker Mario Mandzukic could also miss the rest of the season.

“(Goalkeeper) Mattia Perin is out until the end of the season, as is Sami Khedira and maybe Mario Mandzukic.” he said.

Meanwhile striker Paulo Dybala will be out for three weeks and Douglas Costa and Jose Caceres for 10 days each, while defender Giorgio Chiellini could be back for next week’s trip to Inter Milan.

However with a 17-point lead over Napoli Allegri’s side are almost certainties to lift their 35th league title as they cement their domestic dominance despite continental disappointment.

“The eighth consecutive Scudetto is a source of pride for everyone. Once it’s sealed we all have to enjoy it, it wouldn’t make sense not to celebrate it.”

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Allegri Sticking With Juventus Despite Champions League Defeat

Juventus’ Italian coach Massimiliano Allegri.                               Credit: Marco BERTORELLO / AFP

 

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri announced on Tuesday he would be staying on as a coach with the Italian giants next season despite another Champions League disappointment.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s side crashed out of the championship to Dutch side Ajax after a 2-1 loss on the night in Turin and 3-2 aggregate defeat.

“I met the (club) president (Andrea Agnelli) a couple of days ago and told him that I will stay at Juventus. We’ll sit down with the club and think about the future,” Allegri told a press conference.

READ ALSO: Ajax Stun Juventus To Reach Champions League Semis

“If I didn’t have the motivation I would have told him so straight away, but this is not the case.

“I think that during these past five years we’ve worked well, the players have progressed,” said Allegri, 51, who arrived in Turin at the beginning of the 2014-2015 season.

“Winning five Scudetto is not easy, reaching two Champions League finals, is not easy.”

Allegri has won ten titles with Juventus since arriving in the 2014-2015 season, with the team just one point away from a fifth consecutive Serie A title under his guidance.

“Juventus continues to grow on and off the pitch and there is the awareness of having a great coach with us, with whom we will meet in June to take forward the technical project,” Agnelli confirmed.

“For our part, we are aware of having been in the Champions League quarter-finals for five or six years and are proud to continue along this path.”

Juventus have won two Champions League titles in 1985 and 1996 — but have finished runners-up five times since, including under Allegri in 2015 and 2017.

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‘Good Signs’ For Ronaldo Ahead Of Ajax Clash – Allegri

Ronaldo, Zapata Lock Horns As Juventus Tackle Atalanta In Coppa Italia
Juventus’ Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo/ AFP

 

Cristiano Ronaldo could be back in the Juventus line-up in time for their Champions League quarter-final with Ajax, coach Massimiliano Allegri revealed on Friday.

Ronaldo hasn’t played for the runaway Serie A leaders since scoring the sensational hat-trick that saw Juve come back from a 2-0 first-leg deficit to knock out Atletico Madrid last month.

He was rested in the subsequent 2-0 league defeat at Genoa and then picked up a thigh injury on international duty with Portugal last week, but Allegri is confident the 34-year-old will be ready for Wednesday’s first leg in Amsterdam.

“There are good signals from Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the match with Ajax,” he said to reporters ahead of Saturday’s visit of fourth-placed AC Milan.

Ronaldo will however not be ready for Milan, who are battling to qualify for next season’s Champions League, after missing recent wins over Empoli and Cagliari, the latter of which was overshadowed by racist abuse directed at young Italy striker Moise Kean.

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Kean’s Juve and Italy teammate Leonardo Bonucci was heavily criticised in the aftermath of that match for saying that Kean was as to blame for the monkey chants to which he was subjected as the Cagliari supporters, comments for which he apologised on Thursday.

“Racism must always be fought against. It can never be justified,” said Allegri.

“Bonucci, with his mind still on the game, expressed himself badly but immediately apologised and explained what he meant.”

Juve are 18 points clear of nearest challengers Napoli having lost just once this season and will win their eighth title in a row with seven matches to spare at the weekend if they beat Milan and Napoli lose to Genoa.

Should they win it either this weekend or next it would be the earliest any team has ever won Serie A, and would allow them to focus even more on winning their first Champions League since 1996.

“We’ll only celebrate when we win the title. Winning eight in a row is never easy, in particular with these numbers,” said Allegri, who has won four straight league and cup doubles with Juve and taken them to two Champions League finals.

“Napoli are having a season with what would often be title-winning form, but we’re doing something extraordinary.”

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Ronaldo ‘Risks Missing’ Champions League Quarter-Final First Leg – Allegri

Ronaldo, Zapata Lock Horns As Juventus Tackle Atalanta In Coppa Italia
Juventus’ Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs Sampdoria on December 29, 2018 at the Juventus stadium in Turin.
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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri confirmed on Friday Cristiano Ronaldo is an injury doubt for the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Ajax on April 10.

Ronaldo, a five-time European Cup winner, left the field with a thigh problem captaining Portugal in Monday’s draw against Serbia.

“He’s already started to move but he won’t return to training until he feels fit. There is a risk he’ll miss the first leg against Ajax,” Allegri said.

“We have to be careful because we’re in a tricky period of the season. Its better he misses one match and comes back when he’s 100 percent so there’s no risk of a repeat injury. It’s better to miss one match than two months,” Allegri added.

READ ALSO: Ronaldo’s Absence Gives Kean Chance To Shine At Juventus

Serie A champions Juventus travel to Amsterdam before hosting the Dutch outfit on April 16 with the Italians looking for a first European title since 1996.

Juventus have virtually wrapped up the Scudetto crown for an eighth straight season as they hold a 15-point lead over second place Napoli with 10 games of the season to go and face lowly Empoli on Saturday.

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Juventus Can’t Fall Asleep Against Valencia, Allegri Warns

Juventus’ Italian coach Massimiliano Allegri ponders during a press conference on the eve of the UEFA Champions League group H football match Juventus vs Valencia on November 26, 2018 in Turin. Marco BERTORELLO / AFP

 

Juventus cannot afford to switch off against resurgent Spanish side Valencia in Tuesday’s Champions League game in Turin as they did against Manchester United, coach Massimiliano Allegri cautioned on Monday.

The Italian champions meet Valencia in a crunch Group H clash in Turin on Tuesday where a draw would be enough to seal the hosts’ passage to the last 16.

The Spaniards lost 2-0 in Valencia in their home leg despite Juventus being reduced to ten men after half an hour when Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off.

But Allegri insists Valencia are a different side now and represent a threat to his team’s ambitions of winning everything this season including a first Champions League title since 1995.

“In the Champions League you have to go step by step. We need to break through tomorrow and try to get the top place in the group,” said Allegri.

“We’re playing against a team that has lost just once in their last ten matches.

“We have to be very alert and not to fall asleep like happened in the last ten minutes against Manchester United,” he continued after two goals in the last five minutes gave United a 2-1 win in Turin.

“These things happen but we don’t want to repeat that mistake.

“I’m not worried but I want the team to have respect for Valencia, the only thing certain is that we have to win this game.”

Juventus are top of Group H with nine points after four games, with Manchester United two points behind and the Spaniards on five.

Swiss club Young Boys are already out of the running.

Valancia counterpart Marcelino García described the game as being “all or nothing” for his team against “a side that may even win the competition”.

“Our future in the Champions League depends on this win. It’s going to be a difficult, challenging and complicated game,” said the Spaniard.

Great ambition

Allegri dismissed talk of being favourites despite Juve’s strong domestic form.

“Last year I said Real Madrid were the favourites. This year Barcelona are, and then behind there are three teams including us.

“The general perception is different because Cristiano Ronaldo has arrived and he has won a lot.

“We hope to bring all the trophies home.”

Allegri confirmed that Federico Bernardeschi, Sami Khedira and Emre Can would all be missing.

Captain Giorgio Chiellini will partner Leonardo Bonucci in defence with Rodrigo Bentancur in midfield along Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi and Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic will be in attack.

“I’d like Ronaldo to keep playing as he has been, both as an assist man and goal scorer,” said Allegri.

“He has the qualities to allow us to exploit him in in any situation.”

Garcia, meanwhile, does not believe that Ronaldo’s red card will motivate the Portuguese star further.

“I don’t think what happened in Valencia really matters much,” he said.

“Cristiano is an extraordinary player. He has great ambition to be the best and to win all the time.

“I don’t think we’ll find a different Ronaldo than what we are used to in Spain where we know all his distinctive characteristics.”

Allegri Beats Sarri To Italy’s Coach Of The Year Award

Juventus’ Italian coach Massimiliano Allegri shouts instructions during the Italian Serie A football match AC Milan vs Juventus on November 11, 2018 at the San Siro stadium in Milan.
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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri was on Monday presented with the Panchina d’Oro (Golden Bench) award for the best coach in Serie A in 2017/2018 season.

The 51-year-old beat Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, who coached Napoli to second last season, and Lazio’s Simone Inzaghi, following a vote by his fellow coaches.

Allegri received 17 votes with Sarri and Inzaghi both getting eight.

Allegri also won the award last season too while Sarri was named as the best Serie A manager for the 2016/17 campaign.

“I thank everyone but above all the team and the players, they are the ones who go on the pitch and win the games,” said Allegri.

“The goal is to try to win the eighth championship title in a row and this blessed Champions League, let’s see if we have a bit of luck on our side.”

It is the fourth time he has won the award, having also won with Juventus in 2015 and 2017, and Cagliari in 2009.

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Allegri Says ‘Highly Likely’ He’ll Remain At Juventus

Allegri Says 'Highly Likely' He'll Remain At Juventus
Juventus’ coach from Italy Massimiliano Allegri looks on during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen first leg football match between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur at The Allianz Stadium in Turin on February 13, 2018. Marco BERTORELLO / AFP

 

Massimiliano Allegri on Friday said that it was “highly likely” that he would remain with Juventus next season after leading the club to the Serie A and Italian Cup double for the fourth straight year.

“The likelihood that I’ll stay at Juve? Very high,” the 50-year-old said amid speculation linking him to the vacant Arsenal manager’s role.

Juventus have already wrapped up a seventh straight Serie A title and will play their final game of the season on Saturday against Verona in Turin.

“I’ll meet the club and start planning for the future next week,” he continued.

“My intention is to stay here for the moment, I don’t see any reasons to look elsewhere.

“I repeat that we’re going to talk with the club and if the objectives remain the same we’ll continue together without any problem.”

“It’s stimulating to be on track for every objective. Each of my four years here have been different to each other,” added the former AC Milan coach who described this year’s Scudetto as the “most beautiful”.

“We went for it with Napoli, who could end the season on 91 points. Whoever doesn’t compliment this Juve has no respect for the work we’ve done in these four years.

“You can’t question a team that win four Scudetti and four Coppa Italia, as well as reaching two Champions League finals, especially when you compare them to a team (Napoli) who didn’t even reach a final.

“This season we’ve played 53 games and named 51 teams. These are important numbers and we’ve achieved results even in times of difficulty. I have to thank the squad.”

Allegri has two years remaining on a contract extended last June, but has been touted as a replacement for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and also for Chelsea’s Italian boss Antonio Conte.

Saturday’s match will also be the final one for legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon after 17 years in Turin.

“Tomorrow for him and for all it will be a historic day,” said Allegri.

“We will be celebrating the Scudetto, the Italian Cup and his (Buffon) career at Juventus.

“He’s an important man in the locker room. Seeing him coaching is a pleasure, it makes everything easy, he is one of the best goalkeepers of all time.”

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Arsenal-Target, Allegri Vows To Remain In Juventus

Italian Juventus’ Coach, Massimiliano Allegri                                         Marco BERTORELLO / AFP

 

Massimiliano Allegri on Sunday brushed aside speculation he is set for a move to English Premier league giants Arsenal after leading Juventus to a seventh straight Serie A title.

“If they don’t fire me, then I think I’m staying at Juventus next year too,” Allegri said after a goalless draw against Roma sealed a 34th Scudetto for the Turin giants.

It gave Juventus a four-point lead over second placed Napoli and gave 50-year-old Allegri his fourth Cup and league double in as many seasons with Juventus.

“It’s not an issue of decisions on the future, it’s about planning what the future of Juventus will be, because once we’ve finished celebrating, we have to sit around a table with clear heads.

“When the next season begins, we all start from zero points and must continue proving we are competitive.”

Allegri has two years remaining on a contract extended last June, but has been touted as a replacement for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and also for Chelsea’s Italian boss Antonio Conte.

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‘Juventus Will Unleash Fury In Quest For Seventh Straight Series A Title’

Juventus’ coach Massimiliano Allegri PHOTO: Marco BERTORELLO / AFP

 

Massimiliano Allegri warned that Juventus will unleash fury in their quest for a seventh straight Serie A title after another shattered Champions League dream.

“We start again with our heads high, even very high,” said coach Allegri after the bitter disappointment of winning 3-1 on the night at Real Madrid only to lose their quarter-final 4-3 on aggregate, after Cristiano Ronaldo’s 97th-minute penalty.

“There’s no use crying about it. We’re disappointed but we need to get that out of our system because we’re back in league action on Sunday

“Now we have to be furious in Italy, to bring home the seventh Scudetto and the fourth Italian Cup in a row.”

The Italian champions returned to Turin from Spain on Thursday after the nightmare of referee Michael Oliver waving a red card in captain Gianluigi Buffon’s face after he angrily protested a penalty awarded in the final minute.

It produced yet another night of Champions League disappointment for the Turin giants who have had many with five consecutive European final defeats between 1997 and last year’s to Real Madrid in Cardiff.

But this one could be the bitterest with the club facing UEFA disciplinary action for Buffon’s rant against the English referee who he said had “a rubbish bin” instead of a heart, and Juventus president Andrea Agnelli who demanded the removal of UEFA chief refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina.

“Now we need to turn this rage and disappointment into positivity for this month and a half that remains, where we still have Scudetto and Italian Cup to win,” said defender Giorgio Chiellini.

The first to deal with this Juventus fury will be Sampdoria on Sunday, a team sitting eighth, four points off the Europa League places, who inflicted one of just two defeats on the champions this season back in November.

“It will be tough against the strongest team in Italy, after Madrid they will still be angry,” said Sampdoria goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano.

“Juventus are injured, they are champions who have won six years in a row, they will want to bring everything home.”

Juventus have 81 points from 31 games — a four-point lead on second-placed Napoli who face AC Milan on Sunday.

Napoli beat Milan earlier this season before Gennaro Gattuso took over from Vincenzo Montella, with the club now sixth, eight points off their Champions League ambitions with just seven games to play.

-Roman derby

Lazio and AS Roma — both on 60 points — go head to head in the Stadio Olimpico after a week of contrasting European fortunes.

Lazio crashed out of the Europa League after losing 4-1 to Salzburg in Austria on Thursday night despite winning 4-2 in Rome last week.

Roma are riding high after a crazy night at the Stadio Olimpico saw them beat Barcelona 3-0 to reach the Champions League semi-finals, thanks to Edin Dzeko’s away goal.

“There’s a big chance with the derby on Sunday, we have to recover physical and psychological energy,” said Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi “There are seven rounds to go and we’ll do everything to earn a very important position.”

Inter Milan — who have dropped out of the Champions League places into fifth after last week’s loss to Torino — travel to Atalanta desperately in need of a win to keep their elite European ambitions alive.

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Zidane, Allegri React To Ronaldo’s ‘Most Beautiful Goal’

Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his second goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg football match between Juventus and Real Madrid at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on April 3, 2018. PHOTO: Marco BERTORELLO / AFP

 

Real Madrid and Juventus managers, Zinedine Zidane and Massimiliano Allegri, have reacted after Cristiano Ronaldo scored what many have described as the ‘most beautiful goal’ of the season.

Ronaldo scored a record-breaking goal and a stunning overhead bicycle kick to bury Juventus 3-0 on Tuesday in a rematch of last year’s Champions League final.

Ronaldo became the first player to score in 10 consecutive Champions League games after just as Real Madrid beat Juventus 3-0 in the first leg of the quarter-finals in Turin, but it was his second goal that everybody will remember.

The Portuguese superstar surpassed himself with a breathtaking overhead hit from inside the box to help put holders Real Madrid closer to the semi-finals.

“One of the most beautiful goals in the history of football,” said Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.

It took him only two minutes and 47 seconds to open the scoring in Turin, flicking in Isco’s cross.

But the jeers of the home fans turned to applause and earned him a standing ovation after 64 minutes when Dani Carvajal crossed back into the area where Ronaldo connected with an outrageous bicycle kick.

Ronaldo responded by putting his hand to his heart and giving a slight bow of gratitude to the crowd. “The applause for Cristiano says it all,” said Carvajal.

“Cristiano does things sometimes that only he can do,” said Zidane. “It can be said that it is one of the most beautiful goals in the history of football.

“It’s maybe not as beautiful as mine in Glasgow,” joked Zidane of his goal against Bayer Leverkusen in 2002 that gave Real their ninth Champions League title.

“I’m the coach but I’m also a football fan, when I see something like that … that’s why Ronaldo is different from others because he can do that kind of thing.

“I’m happy for him and happy to have him on our team.”

Ronaldo has been on a goalscoring streak of 19 goals in his last nine games for Real — 28 in 2018 — a feat which even Zidane has said makes him jealous.

He has now scored 16 goals in his past 10 Champions League games — 14 goals this season and a double in last year’s final against Juventus.

He holds the record for Champions League goals scored with 119.

“The Juventus fans applauded Ronaldo but also for his team,” said Zidane. “It’s beautiful. You don’t see that everywhere.”

‘Football is a show’

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri admitted he was amazed by his ability to change his style of play in his thirties to adapt to losing some of his once-searing pace.

“I don’t know if Ronaldo’s goal is the best in football history, but it’s really an extraordinary goal, you can only congratulate him on what he’s doing at present,” said Allegri.

“The applause is a beautiful lesson from the Juventus fans to the whole world, football is a show, when you have 22 or 30 high level players and you see a shot like this one it’s good to applaud.”

The five-time world footballer of the year has now scored in his last six matches against veteran Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, netting nine in total.

“We saw what Ronaldo is and always has been – a player of an extraordinary level who along with Leo Messi is achieving the greatest heights,” said Buffon.

“This means they can be compared to Maradona and Pele for the way they ultimately are able to decide matches and trophies won by their teams.”

“When you play against one of the best players in the world, like Cristiano Ronaldo, you need perfection, if you leave space he punishes you, and then he invented a goal that will remain in history. It’s a pity that he did it to us,” lamented defender Andrea Barzagli.

 ‘Leave Earth, play Martians’

Not only was the world of football talking about Ronaldo’s goal, NBA star Lebron James published a photo on Instagram of the action and world MotoGP champion Marc Marquez, a Barcelona fan, tweeted: “Bufff what a great goal for CR7!!!”.

“Cristiano Ronaldo can now leave the Earth and start playing against the Martians, he has done everything here!” tweeted the Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa.

“Seen a lot of great goals in my time but that is absolutely breathtaking from Ronaldo,” said former England player Gary Lineker.

“The opposing fans in the stadium applauding the great @cristiano after the bicycle kick and rightly so. Keeps on upping the ante – relentless!” tweeted Rio Ferdinand.

There was also humour from English footballer Peter Crouch, who once scored a similar goal for Liverpool, who wrote on Twitter: “There is only a few of us who can do that.”

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