Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has reportedly made it his mission to get the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo and promised his star man more goals.
Life under Sarri has got off to a relatively decent start for Ronaldo, who scored his first goal of the season against Napoli last time out for Juventus.
The Portuguese superstar has started down the left flank in both of Juventus’ opening Serie A games alongside Gonzalo Higuain and Douglas Costa in a 4-3-3 formation. While it’s not quite what fans imagined, the trio have played a part in all five of the club’s goals.
But Corriere dello Sport has claimed that Sarri believes there is still much more to extract from Ronaldo, and promises more goals.
Following the Bianconeri’s failure to win the Champions League last season, the pressure is on the five-time winner’s shoulders to bang more goals than ever after scoring 28 goals for his debut campaign.
While it was a very impressive haul for a first season of Italian football, it fell short of Ronaldo’s usual 40 to 50+ tally. Therefore, Sarri knows there’s room for improvement.
At 34, however, the need for Ronaldo to carefully monitor his minutes is greater than ever. He’s already suffered two injury problems this year alone in his hamstring and adductor.
Although the Real Madrid legend hasn’t shown any signs of a hangover from these setbacks, so far. He even finished the first two Serie A games as the fastest striker with a stunning top speed of 34.62km/h.
Still, Sarri will have to find a way to balance the forward’s game time with adequate rest throughout the season.
Not helping matters, of course, is the hectic schedule that awaits Ronaldo between now and Christmas. He will have potentially around 30 matches to play for both Juventus and Portugal, who are attempting to qualify for Euro 2020.
Ronaldo will likely return to action on Tuesday for Portugal’s next qualifier against Lithuania.