Sports Sarri cautious over continuing to start Ronaldo and Dybala

07:10  30 june  2020
07:10  30 june  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

Sarri: Ronaldo isn't 'physically at his best right now'

  Sarri: Ronaldo isn't 'physically at his best right now' Maurizio Sarri is waiting for the Cristiano Ronaldo "of old" to return for Juventus. The under-fire head coach admitted Sunday that Ronaldo is yet to reach peak fitness since the return of the Italian season. The attacker missed a penalty in last week's 0-0 draw with AC Milan in the Coppa Italia semifinals and, in Wednesday's final, he failed to score again in a shootout defeat to Napoli. "I spoke to Cristiano again yesterday, alone and for a long time. He mustn't lose his confidence - I hope that from tomorrow, the fantastic player of old will come back," Sarri told Sky Sport Italia, as reported by Reuters.

The Italian tactician is eager to make the most of his star duo but admits he must not overwork them at such a crucial point of the season.

Sarri , unsurprisingly, played down Ronaldo ’s substitution afterwards by stating that he had been carrying an injury. “We must thank Ronaldo , because he made a sacrifice to be there at all tonight in a difficult But the start of this season suggests that Ronaldo is struggling for form and possibly fitness.

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Maurizio Sarri believes Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala can start against Genoa, but the Juventus coach is keen to avoid a "problem" going forward.

Juventus' busy run of fixtures continues against Genoa on Tuesday, before they host Torino four days later.

Ronaldo has played every minute of their four games since the coronavirus-enforced break, while Dybala has started each match.

Sarri said the pair were likely ready to start again, but he knows the star duo will need a rest at some stage.

"It's likely that they can start again [against Genoa]," he told a news conference.

Juve makes the hole!

 Juve makes the hole! © Provided by Sports.fr Cristiano Ronaldo By correcting 4-0 a Lecce team too quickly reduced to 10, Juventus widened the gap at the head of Serie A. Nice weekend for the Juventus . After its victory in Bologna (0-2) Tuesday evening , the Old Lady spent a dream Wednesday seeing Inter Milan concede a draw in a crazy match against Sassuolo (3-3), and especially Lazio collapse in Bergamo against Atalanta (3-2).

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain celebrate the Juventus win over LecceCredit: Getty Images Former Chelsea boss Sarri says he knows Ronaldo needs to be wrapped in cotton wool - but trusts Ronaldo set up Dybala to score a brilliant 53rd-minute opener before getting the second from the

Paulo Dybala shone in Cristiano Ronaldo 's absence in midweek but Maurizio Sarri has backed his star forwards to work well in tandem.

"It's clear that if they play every game, in two or three matches we may have a problem, but I don't think there is any risk for them to suffer some sort of fatigue right now.

"In the long run though we need to have [Gonzalo] Higuain fit and able to play a large part of the game, this will become essential at some point."

With 10 games remaining in the Serie A season, Juventus hold a four-point lead atop the table with Lazio their nearest rivals.

After Juve's recent 4-0 win over Lecce, Sarri admitted Ronaldo was improving and would continue to do so the more he played.

"Cristiano now can play with a good fit. He needs to improve after the break and he is doing so match after match," Sarri said.

"He needs to play a lot. In the future we will find the way to preserve him across matches or for some matches.

Sarri: "I only fight with Higuaín"

 Sarri: © Supplied by Sofoot Love cow. Maurizio Sarri made no secret of being particularly demanding with Gonzalo Higuaín on the side of Juventus. "I always read that I argue with everyone, while the only one I do it with is Higuaín" , said the Italian coach on Monday at a press conference. "I don't know why, but it's always been like that. You have to be aggressive to bring out the best in Higuaín.

Maurizio Sarri admits he does not know if Miralem Pjanic will remain at Juventus beyond the end of Sarri spoke before the game to say he has had no update on such a deal and continued to follow a But the floodgates opened in the second half, Cristiano Ronaldo teeing up Paulo Dybala to score a

Sarri will need to continue to get the best from Ronaldo on the pitch, coaxing goals and performances from him while ensuring the star forward remains a happy presence in the squad. The Italian’s fabled style of play – known as Sarriball or Sarrisimo – is possession-based and fast-paced, and would seem

"He is great in listening to himself and he will realise when he will need to stop and rest. But now I think he fits quite well."

Juventus secured the signing of Barcelona midfielder Arthur on Monday with Miralem Pjanic set to go the other way next season.

Both Arthur and Pjanic will see out the rest of the campaign with their current clubs, with the former included in Quique Setien's side to play Atletico Madrid in La Liga on Tuesday night.

Sarri, meanwhile, has previously backed Pjanic to remain focused at Juventus until the end of the season.

'Sensitive' Higuain ready to return from coronavirus break for Juventus - Sarri .
The Juve boss said the Argentina forward is now ready to return for the first time since the Italian season resumedThe Serie A leaders have the chance to extend their advantage over nearest rivals Lazio - who let slip a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 at Atalanta on Wednesday – with a victory over relegation-threatened opponents in Turin.

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