‘A man’s world’ as Giancarlo heads to Napoli

Giancarlos Ancelotti has announced his return to Juventus as the Italian champions look to bounce back from a dismal campaign in 2016-17. 

Ancelotti had been on the sidelines for nearly four months due to a foot injury. 

The 52-year-old scored a league-leading 25 goals in a season that ended with an FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal. 

But he will be looking to build on that form in the new season, where Juventus face Napoli in the Champions League group stages. 

“I am thrilled to return to the Bianconeri and I can only say thank you to the club for giving me this opportunity,” Ancelototti said. 

Giancarlo scored his first Serie A goal in the 2-1 win over Udinese in the last-16 of the Europa League in March. 

In the first leg, he hit the post with a free-kick that gave the visitors a 2-0 lead before the visitors broke the deadlock with goals from Simone Zaza and Lorenzo Insigne. 

Juventus had been without captain Andrea Pirlo, who suffered a hamstring injury during the 2,000-minute derby defeat at Stadio Olimpico. 

Zaza, who also had a hamstring problem, scored the second goal for Napoli. 

Andres Iniesta had an injury-time penalty saved by Udinese keeper Federico Macheda. 

Nagisa Oshima, who replaced Pirlos in the starting line-up, had a shot deflected into his own net. 

Bianconeri manager Roberto Mancini added: “The team had problems with injuries, but we overcame it in the end. 

We have to continue to fight for our place and continue to do everything to be better in the second half of the season.” 

Napoli will face either Inter Milan or Napoli on Wednesday. 

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