Ronaldo will play towards Lazio, Allegri confirms

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24 Aug 2018, 17:04 IST
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Cristiano Ronaldo will make his dwelling debut for Juventus in Saturday’s Serie A recreation towards Lazio, head coach Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed.

Ronaldo’s first aggressive look for the membership got here in a 3-2 victory at Chievo that noticed Federico Bernardeschi rating a late winner.

The previous Actual Madrid famous person drew a clean within the recreation, with the workforce wanting extra threatening after he shifted from a central function to the left following the introduction of Mario Mandzukic as a second-half substitute.

Regardless of some issues over his match health, Ronaldo will maintain his place within the workforce towards Lazio, with Allegri predicting an improved understanding between the ahead and his team-mates in entrance of the house followers.

“Cristiano is ready to play tomorrow,” Allegri instructed a information convention. “It is essential to keep in mind, nonetheless, that our forwards are the gamers who’ve had the least quantity of pre-season coaching, so that they have to be managed with care.

“Cristiano is at all times striving for extra. He is extremely aggressive in all the pieces he does. He has constructed his personal success through the years via laborious work and sacrifice. He is a job mannequin for most of the different guys and he raises our general high quality.

“There shall be higher link-up play between our midfielders and forwards, which can undoubtedly profit Cristiano.

“I imagine that Cristiano’s aim at Allianz Stadium in final season’s Champions League has helped to construct a powerful rapport and important mutual respect between himself and the followers. I believe it had an affect in his alternative to affix Juventus.”

Whereas Ronaldo’s presence within the XI to face Lazio is assured, Allegri is much less certain whether or not World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi is prepared for motion.

“Blaise is a crucial participant for us, as he demonstrated final 12 months,” Allegri added. “He is in wonderful situation, however I nonetheless must resolve if he performs. I’ve loads of top-class midfielders to select from.

“Lazio are a bodily and really well-organised workforce, who like to hit their opponents on the counter-attack. Due to this fact, we have to keep very targeted all through the match.

“There’s pleasure within the air. Lazio will make it an excellent encounter. They defeated us final time at Allianz Stadium to finish a 41-game unbeaten run. So, [Saturday] is essential, even when it is solely our second match of the season.”

Ronaldo scored a direct free-kick on the 45th try in a serious event on the World Cup and Allegri expects the Portugal captain to compete with a variety of team-mates for set-piece duties.

“Cristiano and Paulo Dybala are our two designated penalty-takers this season,” mentioned the Juve boss. “The issue is extra about who takes free-kicks, the place we now have round six or seven gamers who’ll be standing across the ball!”

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