15th September, 2018
Massimiliano Allegri believes that Juve new striker, Cristiano Ronaldo will break his goal jinx in the Serie A as his team face Sassuolo in a league match this weekend.
After registering 23 attempts at goal in the first three matches played in the league so far, Ronaldo is expected to finally score in the match.
Allegri is also confident that Ronaldo would edge out Mohamed Salah and Luka Modric for The FIFA Best Player Award.
This is what he had to say on the issue:
“Cristiano worked well and I think Sunday could be his day,”
“I believe that Cristiano deserves to win the FIFA World Player award, even if Modric has had a phenomenal year as well.”
Aside from Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala is another Juve striker who is yet to score a goal this season for his team. He neither scored nor gave an assist in the two games he has played for the team this season.
As far as Dybala’s case is concerned, the manager had this to say:
“There can be no questioning Paulo Dybala’s qualities. I liked his performance against Parma. Like all the other players, he needs to reach peak condition,” Allegri said.
“This is where the seasons starts. The first objectives are to qualify from our Champions League group and lead the way in the league in order to be fighting on all fronts come March.
“In the first three games we conceded too much. We will have to find a different solidity. Sassuolo have enthusiasm and good players.”
Allegri has decided that none of the players who played two matches for their national teams over the past week, with the exception of Blaise Matuidi, will be in the team’s line-up on Sunday. He however confirmed that Emre Can is in line for his Juve debut.
According to a statement credited to him,
“Sunday will see Can make his first start for Juventus. I’ll probably rest Miralem Pjanic, while I’ll decide on Sami Khedira later.”
“Wojciech Szczesny will play [against Sassuolo], but Mattia Perin is ready and will be playing soon.”