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Ronaldo & Dybala deserve a lot of credit for Serie A title, says Sarri

Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, Juventus
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The Juventus boss singled out Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala for their impact in the club’s latest Scudetto triumph.

This time last year there were serious doubts regarding Dybala’s future upon struggling to gel with Ronaldo at Juventus.

Massimiliano Allegri shifted the Argentine more out onto the wing to accommodate Ronaldo last term. His figures, therefore, suffered a dip after ending up with just five goals in 30 Serie A games.

But this season has been a different story altogether under Maurizio Sarri, with Ronaldo and Dybala’s goal-scoring prowess proving vital in Juventus’ title charge.

Ronaldo has now scored an incredible 52 goals in just 63 league games since arriving in Turin in July 2018, including 31 this term. His 10 goals since lockdown ended are also more than anyone has managed in Europe’s top leagues.

Dybala, meanwhile, has registered a respectable 11 goals this season alone, including four since lockdown ended.

“There were tactical difficulties, trying to get all these very strong players and their various characteristics to work together,” Sarri told Sky Sport Italia.

“That was not something to be taken for granted, as we saw in previous years, because Dybala and Ronaldo didn’t really start together very often.

“They are world-class, but it’s not easy to get them to work together with their characteristics. With a lot of work, I think we managed it.”

Juventus won a ninth consecutive Serie A title on Sunday, and the 36th one in history, with a seven-point lead into the final two games.

And Sarri is aware of just how pivotal his star duo were in the Bianconeri’s latest title.

He added: “Ronaldo and Dybala make the difference on the field, so clearly they deserve a lot of credit.

“But the club behind them is every bit as important.

“We have a president and directors who attend training every day, are there to exchange ideas, see if you need anything and put petrol in the tank of this team.

“The club are a big part of why they were able to win for so many years. They back you even when you lose.”

Cristiano Ronaldo has won 13 titles after turning 30