Dybala’s Goal Without Joy – Italian Football News 16 Jan 22

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Dybala's Goal Without Joy - Italian Football News 16 Jan 22

Paulo Dybala scored Juve’s opener, then refused to celebrate and aimed a stare up at the club directors.

Ciao, ragazzi! This is Andrew with your Calcio Daily for Sunday January 16th, our 143rd daily show in a row!  

Following on from our story yesterday about the possibility of Paulo Dybala leaving Juventus on a free at the end of the season, last night Dybala had a chance to show his bosses what they are allowing to slip away and he did that in very pointed fashion. 

Juventus beat depleted Udinese 2-0 through goals from Dybala and Weston McKennie but all media focus is not on Dybala’s goal but on his celebration, or rather, lack of one. 

On 19 minutes, Moise Kean fed Dybala 25 yards out, giving the Argentinian a clear run to beat the keeper neatly. Dybala very pointedly kept his arms by his side and offered no sense at all of happiness or joy. Indeed, given that his nickname in Italy is La Joya, La Gazzetta’s headline was “Dybala – Goal Without Joy”. 

Whilst returning to the half way line, Dybala shot a stare into the stands, which contained only 5,000 supporters due to Covid restrictions, directly at the Juventus directors. 

If Dybala is on his way out, you have to admire his willingness to still perform for the team, he was Juve’s stand-out attacker. 

Earlier in the day, Sampdoria’s awful form continued as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Torino, who are on a march towards the top third of the league and the Lotito derby between Salernitana and Lazio was comfortably won by Lazio, for whom Ciro Immobile scored twice in the first 10 minutes to drain the life out of the team from Campania. 

FInally, Genoa confirmed that after 11 games that included only one win, three draws and seven defeats, they had sacked coach Andriy Shevchenko.   

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