• News

Sarri: “Cristiano Ronaldo is the strongest player in the world”

Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus
Getty Images
Advertisement

Maurizio Sarri has no doubts that Cristiano Ronaldo is the main man at Juventus, and plans to give the star give more freedom to exploit his talents to their fullest extent.

After recovering from pneumonia, Sarri will make his debut in the Juventus dugout for this afternoon’s trip to Fiorentina. With three points the only acceptable outcome, he will turn to Ronaldo for some extra firepower.

The 34-year-old, of course, is in a rich vein of form right now after scoring five goals in Portugal’s two Euro 2020 qualifiers.

He now returns to Italy hoping to add to his goal tally in Florence after scoring for the first time this season last time out at Napoli.

And, in light of reports claiming that he’s promised Ronaldo more goals, Sarri has hailed his star man as the world’s strongest player during a press conference on Friday afternoon.

“Ronaldo makes the difference,” the Juventus boss told reporters.

“He is the strongest player in the world and we have to give him freedom, and he who plays with him has to help him.”

Although the former Chelsea and Napoli coach also heaped praise on the entire Juventus team, and spoke on his plans to rotate the squad.

“I have always said that Juventus are the best team in a corporate sense,” added Sarri.

“In the last couple of months, I’ve realised that Juve’s strength lies in their organisation, head, mentality and looking ahead to the next game.

“We need to change the way we manage certain moments in matches, keeping more of the ball and not waiting for opponents on the edge of our box.

“At Napoli, there was a difference between the 14/15 that played the most and the others. At Chelsea, I adopted strong rotation, which involved 18 players.

“Juve aren’t yet completely ready, but the objective is to have 10 players who I can interchange.”

Ronaldo and Juventus will kick things off in Fiorentina at 15:00 (CET) this afternoon.