Change of managers and Cristiano Ronaldo improving on his returns has led to several Juventus stars see their stock decline in the 2019/20 season.
Maurizio Sarri replaced the outgoing Max Allegri at the Allianz Stadium. The move was made to improve the quality of football by the Turin giants. And to get the most out of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo has definitely improved under the former Chelsea and Napoli manager. He had already hit the back of the net 25 times only three shy of his last year’s output with three months of fixtures yet to be played.
While Ronaldo has improved, the growth of some Old Lady stars was severely hampered in the current campaign.
An injury ravaged first season did not keep Emre Can off the pitch. The Germany international still managed to make 37 competitive outings for the Old Lady.
However, he was unfancied under Sarri and rarely played under the chain-smoking tactician. The midfielder was left out of Juventus’ Champions League squad and only made eight appearances, most of them from the bench.
Unhappy with opportunities and the European Championships on the horizon, he decided to return home. Borussia Dortmund secured him on a six-month loan with an €25 million obligation to buy.
Mario Mandzukic was not getting any younger but he still had plenty left in the tank. He had built a solid understanding with Cristiano Ronaldo, whilst keeping up his goal contributions.
Sarri did not have him in his plans, preferring Gonzalo Higuain over the Croatian. The world cup runners-up did not feature a single time for the Old Lady. Disgruntled, he was heading to the exit door.
Manchester United and Chelsea were linked with his signature but he opted to join Qatari side Al-Duhail.
Matthijs de Ligt
Ajax were the team everyone was talking about last year. Their impressive run to Champions League semi-finals was the highlight of the season. Frenkie de Jong linked up with Lionel Messi and captain Matthijs de Ligt teamed up with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci were supposed to help him in his next phase of his development. Sarri did not like what he saw from young defender and preferred the likes of Merih Demiral and Daniel Rugani over him.
Only injuries to their defensive core brought back de Ligt into first team fold and he has not impressed in his outings. Transfermarkt has twice reduced his market value during this time.