Juventus Manager Maurizio Sarri wants Cristiano Ronaldo to play a prominent role this season as he intends to implement a new system to help launch a new era at the Turin based Club.
Maurizio Sarri has replaced Massimiliano Allegri as the manager of Juventus. The former Chelsea and Napoli boss will hope to usher a new era in his new club.
The Italian Champions have won the Serie A 8 times in a row. While they are sure to look for a 9th consecutive Serie A title; they will also be looking to go one step ahead this time and capture the champions league.
To make that happen, Sarri is hoping to implement a new system at Juventus and Christiano Ronaldo has an important role to play in that Quest.
Central Striker Cristiano Ronaldo
According to Goal.com, Sarri visited the Portuguese Star on Friday. He discussed the plans for the club, heading into their next season. A major part of the discussion is said to have revolved around Sarri’s desire to see Ronaldo take on the central striker role.
#Juventus Coach Maurizio Sarri visited Cristiano Ronaldo on vacation to discuss the new centre-forward role for #CR7 , which papers are already nicknaming CR9 https://t.co/kuOOSQLvIV #SerieA #Portugal #UCL pic.twitter.com/LlqHHnboBg
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Ronaldo currently plays as a support forward. He prefers to drift into the box from a free role and take advantage of the space opened up by others. However, Sarri wants the 34-year-old in and around the penalty area at all times.
Most Goals in a single Serie A season
Ronaldo scored 28 goals across all competitions last season; 21 of them came in the Italian top flight. It is reported that Sarri plans to push Ronaldo closer to 40 in all competitions; perhaps even chase down the all-time record of most goals in a single Serie A season, which currently stands at 36.
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Ronaldo has previously refused to play the central striker role when he was in Real Madrid. However, he has reportedly welcomed Sarri’s efforts to make him integral to the club’s future plans and no doors have been closed.
If Cristiano Ronaldo does agree to play the Central Striker’s role, then Maurizio Sarri may employ either a 4-3-3 or 4-3-1-2 formation.
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