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Sport 'Still early' for Ronaldo-Dybala-Morata attack at Juve despite Cristiano heroics, says Pirlo

20:40  01 november  2020
20:40  01 november  2020 Source:   goal.com

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Cristiano Ronaldo , Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata all featured against Spezia, but Andrea Pirlo is not sure they are ready to play together. Juventus must patiently wait for Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala to recover full fitness before selecting both in a front three alongside Alvaro Morata , says Andrea Pirlo . Dybala and Morata started in attack on Sunday as Juve took on Spezia in Serie A, looking for a first win in three.

Andrea Pirlo is keen to experiment with a three-pronged forward line for Juventus featuring Cristiano Ronaldo , Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata despite an injury crisis in defence. Ronaldo , Juve 's top scorer this season with eight goals in six appearances, missed four matches across Serie A and the Champions League after testing positive for coronavirus in October. Dybala has battled injury and ill health and has only recovered full fitness in the past week, and Morata , who has six goals in nine games, needed time to settle after signing on loan from Atlético Madrid in September.

Juventus must patiently wait for Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala to recover full fitness before selecting both in a front three alongside Alvaro Morata, says Andrea Pirlo.

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Dybala and Morata started in attack on Sunday as Juve took on Spezia in Serie A, looking for a first win in three.

That victory came, but Juventus only took control after Ronaldo - back following a negative coronavirus test this week - replaced Dybala shortly after half-time.

Morata had opened the scoring, before Spezia responded through Tommaso Pobega, while Dybala struggled.

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Ronaldo , Juve 's top scorer this season with eight goals in six appearances, missed four matches across Serie A and the Champions League after testing positive for coronavirus in October. Dybala has battled injury and ill health and has only recovered full fitness in the past week, and Morata , who has six goals in nine games, needed time to settle after signing on loan from Atletico Madrid in September. Pirlo thinks all three are ready to start against Ferencvaros on Tuesday, as Juve aim to secure their place in the last 16, although he is wary of leaving the team too unbalanced.

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Ronaldo's brace - either side of a strike from fellow substitute Adrien Rabiot - secured a 4-1 win, the Portuguese netting twice from the bench for the second time in his career. His previous such double came against Wigan Athletic for Manchester United in 2006.

But head coach Pirlo appears reluctant to switch to an exciting forward trio in the immediate future.


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"We changed a bit for Spezia's approach," Pirlo told Sky Italia. "We brought Arthur a bit deeper because they were playing with three midfielders.

"But we played a good game. Dybala also played a good game. He lacks a little in terms of condition, but he is growing and we are waiting for him.

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Pirlo confirmed Juve could not count on defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Matthijs de Ligt, as Leonardo Bonucci is trying to recover from a muscle problem in time for the match against the Blaugrana. In case the clash between CR7 and Messi does not happen, Juve and Barca will feature another duel between young stars Ansu Fati and Dejan Kulusevski. The Bianconeri made a winning start in the Champions League as they defeated Dynamo Kyiv 2-0 last week thanks to a pair of classic poacher's goals from Alvaro Morata in their Group G opener.

"It's still early because Cristiano comes from 20 days of inactivity, even Dybala is growing during the matches.

"But now we will see how we will do in the next few days and then we will decide."

Juventus are next in action on Wednesday when they face Ferencvaros in the Champions League.

Morata linked up effectively in the final third with each of Dybala and Ronaldo on Sunday, firing wide early on from the Argentina international's pass before creating five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo's first goal two minutes after his introduction.

However, the Spanish striker, who also created a chance for Federico Chiesa, shared just five passes with Dybala and three with Ronaldo.

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