Ronaldo-Dybala relationship: The Juventus star scored the second goal of the game against Sassuolo.
Juventus cruised to a 3-0 victory against Sassulo in the Serie A last night. With this win, the side extended their lead at the top of the table by 11 points as Napoli drew against Fiorentina.
Sami Khedira, Cristiano Ronaldo and Emre Can were all on target for Juventus as they strengthened their position at the top of the table.
Juventus have had a couple of shaky games in the last few weeks, which include a 3-0 loss to Atalanta in the Coppa Italia.
There were also reports of a fall-out between Paolo Dybala and the Juventus teammates after the forward expressed his frustration on being an unused substitute during the side’s 3-3 draw against Parma.
Calciomercato reported last week that Juventus’ manager Massimiliano Allegri took on Dybala in front of the team members during the training session.
Cristiano Ronaldo further added fuel to speculations with Dybala’s popular ‘mask’ celebration during the game against Sassuolo.
DID YOU FUCKING SEE THAT ATTACK BY JUVENTUS? THAT LINK BETWEEN RONALDO AND DYBALA? THIS IS WHAT WE WANT ALL THE TIME. THAT LOOKED LIKE A LIGHTWORK AT TRAINING!
— DANNYƎL (@DannyelRMCF) February 10, 2019
Ronaldo and Dybala becoming close mates in this part of season? It’s all over
— Ardit (@Iscoholic) February 10, 2019
The Portuguese forward scored his 18th Serie A goal and is currently the top goalscorer in the league this season.
Allegri stated after the game that he is trying to create a balance in the team when asked about Dybala’s absence from the starting XI. The Argentinian forward made an appearance as a substitute in the game, but only for seven minutes.
“We could have played with Dybala and Cristiano but we needed a team with more balance,” Allegri said. “Sassuolo are very solid in the centre of the park so I decided to use players who were fit for this purpose.”
“Every now and then sitting on the bench is necessary to recharge the batteries and rediscover the right mental toughness,” says Allegri about Dybala.https://t.co/iTjZDm3qqc
— AS English (@English_AS) February 10, 2019
Allegri: “Cristiano makes himself large, so you only need one in the box. You could play with Dybala & Ronaldo in attack, but then you lose determined situations. Cristiano played ten years with Benzema, Cristiano & Dybala need Mandzukic.”
— Forza Juventus (@ForzaJuve2017) February 10, 2019
DYBALA IS ONE OF US!!! HE’S NOT A LOSER THAT’S WHY HE WAS ANGRY!!!! WHAT A LEADERRRRRR
— Cristiano Ronaldo 🏳️🏴 (@CRonaldoNews) February 10, 2019
Many fans believe that the forward has dedicated the goal to Dybala following his inconsistent form and the alleged feud with Allegri.
Either way, this is given rise to speculations over the tensions inside the Juventus camp as they’re set for another Serie A triumph in May.
Here’s the celebration from Ronaldo:
Di Canio on Ronaldo’s Dybala mask “Cristiano is an intelligent person, who can read the situation in the locker-room. Dybala might be suffering a bit from his arrival & this gesture by CR7 creates a relationship of beautiful empathy, even off the pitch.” pic.twitter.com/i9sd8y0sQ2
— Tarek Khatib (@ADP1113) February 11, 2019