Friday 24 November 2017

'He doesn’t ever look in great shape' - Roy Keane questions the fitness of Juventus striker

Gonzalo Higuain finds space in the Monaco defence to slot in his second goal and make Juventus firm favourites to reach the Champions League final. Photo: REUTERS
Gonzalo Higuain finds space in the Monaco defence to slot in his second goal and make Juventus firm favourites to reach the Champions League final. Photo: REUTERS
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Roy Keane appeared to be a little surprised by the two goal salvo served up by Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain in the Champions League semi-final against Monaco, after hinting the Argentine is lacking in one key area.

Keane was the model professional as he led Manchester United and Ireland during his decorated career, with his suggestion that Higuain was 'a little bulky' in his appearance backed up by comments that suggested he has never been a big fan of the striker Juve paid €90m to sign last summer.

Higuain was the star man as Juventus took a commanding 2-0 lead in their Champions League semi-final in France, with Ireland assistant manager Keane damning in his praise of the striker who has scored 29 goals this season.

"He doesn’t ever look in great shape, but they spent £75m for him so they have forked out the big money and he has done the business with two lovely finishes," Keane told ITV Sport.

“He has certainly done this business here, but there has always been a question mark over him whether he is really top notch."

Keane was a little more glowing in his praise of the performance put up by Juventus, as they established a dominant position in the tie ahead of the second leg in Italy next week.

“We talk about how good they are defensively, but their first goal, the quality of the touches and the pace of the passes, with the finish at the end…it was a great goal, great to watch," he added.

“It was pure quality from top class players. I don’t think Monaco did a lot wrong, but it was pure quality from the Juventus players.

"This tie is over. Monaco have no chance in the second leg."

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