The Portuguese forward failed to get on the scoreboard against Inter Milan but was a constant threat as Juventus secured an important 2-0 win.
It was from the boots of Aaron Ramsey and Paulo Dybala that Juventus put an end to Inter Milan’s title aspirations. The win brings Juventus back to the top of Serie A points table with 12 matches remaining.
Like previous seasons, Juventus are picking pace at the right time and breaking away from the chasing pack. However, with Lazio only a point behind, they cannot rest on their laurels.
After the win, Antonio Conte admitted defeat but the Old Lady cannot lose sight of their goals. Ciro Immobile and the Romans are genuine challengers and have plenty in the tank.
To counter the threat, Maurizio Sarri needs Cristiano Ronaldo to continue his impressive goal scoring form.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United forward did not trouble the scorers against the Nerazzurri but has carried this Juventus side. It was the first time after 11 games that he did not get on the scoreboard as the Italian champions closed the gap on Conte’s side.
End of season approaching
With 12 games remaining in the 2019/20 season, Sarri and Juventus need Ronaldo. The Madeiran was instrumental in his debut season in Italy but his goals are now needed more than ever.
Juventus have had their biggest title scare in eight years and their form is far from perfect. Both Napoli and Verona have delivered away defeats for the Italian giants and they have a couple of away games coming up again.
Moreover, after suffering a defeat against Olympique Lyon in their Champions League first leg, Juventus’ focus is bound to shift.
Ronaldo knows that they cannot let go of their long-term targets. Personally, a lot is at stake for him. To wrestle the Ballon d’Or away from Lionel Messi, he needs domestic and European silverware to make his claim.
Individual accolades follow collective glory. It is a two-way traffic street; one Cristiano Ronaldo has travelled far too often.