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Sarri: Difficult for Ronaldo and Dybala to exist together

Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, Juventus
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Maurizio Sarri suggests Juventus cannot function efficiently when both Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala are present on the pitch at the same time.

Juventus fans were over the moon following the €100 million transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid back in 2018.

The presence of Ronaldo alone can give any team an edge and so has been the case with Juve, for they have continued to maintain their domestic superiority.

Not everyone associated with the Italian side, however, has benefited from his arrival and Paulo Dybala belongs to that minority.

From being an undisputed starter in 2017-18, Dybala is now often seen acting as a second fiddle to Portuguese ace. His scoring tally also went down from 26 goals in the 2017-18 season to just 10 in the following one.

A move away for the Argentine, as a result, was also rumored to be on the cards both during the last summer and this winter.

Dybala hasn’t yet matched his previous levels of performance while Ronaldo continues to be the team’s talisman.

Maurizio Sarri concedes the similarity in qualities of both the players makes it quite an enduring task for him to accommodate both of them in the same line-up.

“Dybala is a phenomenal player,” Sarri told Sky Sport Italia. “Although, tactically, it’s difficult to make him and Ronaldo coexist.

“They can make a difference but it’s not easy for them to play together. But with the technical and physical qualities that they have, they can make the difference at any time.

“The team must adapt in both the defensive and attacking phase, but it is a pleasant headache to have.”