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Massimilano Allegri: “Cristiano Ronaldo is not a guaranteed starter for Juventus”

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has warned the media and the Juventus fans that there may be times when their no.7 superstar is on the bench.

Juventus were made to work hard to grind out an opening day 3-2 victory against Chievo which saw the debut of probably the world’s biggest football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Obviously, it would take time for any player to adapt to a new league but he definitely saw a glimpse of how this season could be, not a one-sided one.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner joined the Bianconeri for a club record €100 million deal this summer. While Allegri has confirmed Ronaldo will make his home debut in Saturday’s clash with Lazio, he assured the former Real Madrid superstar he will have to start some matches as a sub.

“There will be times when he [Ronaldo] is on the bench and then just plays half an hour,” Allegri said. “Even he will need a break at some point. In Madrid, he managed himself excellently. Now [against Lazio] he will play, then we will see.”

As mentioned, Ronaldo will start his first home game of the season on saturday against Lazio but Allegri feels that the players are still learning to adapt each other’s game and assures that there will be improvements against Lazio. “Football is about understanding,” Allegri added. “The more players pass each other the ball, the better they know each other. There will certainly be improvements against Lazio. But Ronaldo still had six shots against Chievo. If anything, we need to be more alert for the rebounds.”

Author’s Take:

I think it may not the worst thing in the world. Ronaldo was bought primarily for winning the Champions League and not the League title. They have enough squad depth without Ronaldo to cause problems to any team in Serie A. That was the assumption that people made of him when he arrived to take Juventus over the line after 2 finals in the last 4 seasons. So, it might turn out to be a smart decision for Allegri.

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