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Juventus boss Allegri speaks out on Chelsea rumours

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri says there is "nothing" in reports linking him with Chelsea.

The 48-year-old Italian has been touted as a possible successor to Guus Hiddink at Stamford Bridge, with the Dutchman in interim charge of the Blues until the end of the season.

Allegri has strongly been linked to Chelsea. Credit: PA

However, Allegri, who has won the Serie A title with both AC Milan and Juventus, has dismissed speculation he may be on his way to the reigning Premier League champions.

Speaking at a youth tournament on Tuesday, he told Sky Italia: "There's nothing to it. I cannot either confirm or deny something that doesn't exist.

"I want this matter over and done with now. What's important for me right now is to get to the end of the season with Juventus and try and win some silverware."

Juventus have won 17 of their last 18 matches in all competitions and are two points behind Serie A leaders Napoli, who they play on Saturday.

They are also through to the last 16 of the Champions League, where they face Bayern Munich, and in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia, with Inter Milan their opponents.


Starting line-ups: Chelsea v Man Utd


Hiddink unsurprised by pressure on Man Utd manager

Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink on Friday said Louis van Gaal must accept scrutiny as manager of a Manchester United side vying for the Premier League title.

Pressure on Van Gaal is 'normal' according to Hiddink. Credit: Reuters

Hiddink was asked about United's troubles in a campaign which has seen Van Gaal's position come under sharp focus amid fan frustration over tactics and results, with Jose Mourinho apparently waiting in the wings to succeed him.

Van Gaal has bristled at suggestions he could lose his job, with United fifth, 10 points behind leaders Leicester.

And a win at Stamford Bridge on Sunday could reignite the Red Devils' hopes of succeeding Chelsea as Premier League champions.

Hiddink said:

He has to perform, this is normal, as we have to perform here as well. There is pressure. There was and still is big ambition.

They have to cope with that. The pressure is on. It's on everyone. But if you have the possibility to go into first position, then pressure is on.

– Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink

Juan Mata outperforming former Chelsea team-mate

Eden Hazard's dismal form has been one of the biggest Premier League mysteries of 2015/16.

Mata is outperforming Hazard this season. Credit: Oulala

Last season's Premier League Player of the Year has been a shadow of his former self, providing two assists and zero goals in 21 appearances.

Oulala have compared the out-of-sorts Belgian's form with that of former Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata, who joined Man United from the Blues in January 2014.

And Mata comes out on top against Hazard in pretty much every department, despite not enjoying a particularly impressive campaign by his own high standards.

Mata has scored more goals, provided more assists and pulled off a greater number of successful passes than his former team-mate.

While Chelsea's form has improved since Jose Mourinho's sacking, the same cannot be said for Hazard, as he continues to disappoint the supporters he wowed throughout last season.

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