Paul Pogba kicked out of Juventus squad for Europa League tie with Freiburg for disciplinary reasons, Sky reports in Italy
Paul Pogba has been left out of Juventus’ squad to face Freiburg in the Europa League after showing up late for training, according to Sky in Italy.
The former Manchester United midfielder has only just returned to action after suffering a knee injury in pre-season, making his first two appearances for the Italian club since his summer transfer last week.
However, he will no longer be involved in Juventus’ Europa League Round of 16 first leg tie with German club Freiburg after arriving late for a session on Wednesday.
Pogba joined Juventus on a free transfer in July, signing a four-year contract.
Juventus is having a bad season. They fell out of the Europa League after finishing third in their Champions League group behind Benfica and Paris Saint-Germain, beating Nantes to reach the last 16, and are currently seventh in Serie A, despite being in the semi-finals. Coppa Italia final. .
Europa League and Europa Conference League Round of 16 selection
- Union Berlin vs Union Saint-Gilloise – kick-off 5:45 p.m.
- Bayer Leverkusen vs Ferencvaros – kick off 5.45pm
- Roma vs Real Sociedad – kick off 5.45pm
- Sporting Lisbon vs Arsenal – kick off 5.45pm
- Juventus – Friborg – kick-off at 8 p.m.
- Man Utd vs Real Betis – kick off 8pm
- Sevilla vs Fenerbahce – kick off 8pm
- Shakhtar Donetsk vs Feyenoord – kick off 8pm
- AEK Larnaca vs West Ham (ECL) – kick off 5.45pm
Fly Freiburg to antagonize Juventus
Sky Sports’ Adam Bate:
“Historically, the chasm is vast. Juventus are double European champions. Freiburg are in the round of 16 for the first time in European competition. But the Germans are fifth in their table while their illustrious opponents are eighth in theirs. will be interesting.
“Speaking to Freiburg goalkeeper Mark Flekken, it’s a moment he’s been waiting for his entire career. Until he joined Freiburg in 2018, aged 25, the Dutchman hadn’t even played at Premier League football let alone competed in Europe.Its history sums up this team.
“They are not superstars but they have a plan. Juventus have to be careful from set pieces and they will have to be organized and together – because their opponents will be. Freiburg, the Black Forest team led by Christian Streich, is a united club.
“They place a very high value on character,” says Flekken. “They’re really looking for the people who will fit into the group. It’s a close-knit team. It’s not just talent. It’s also hard work. That comes on top of everything. If you combine that with talent, you can reach the sky.”
“Beating Juventus in two matches would be a feat, but Freiburg have already won 3-0 at Olympiakos and 4-0 at Nantes. If they can stay close in Turin they will be optimistic going into the second leg – they are unbeaten home since August.”
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