Maurizio Sarri believes things are going smoothly with Cristiano Ronaldo, and expects the star to improve along with the rest of the Juventus squad.
Life under Sarri hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts for Ronaldo, with just a single goal to his name in Juventus’ first four games.
The Portuguese superstar has started down the left flank in all of the club’s games this season. Partnering him frequently has been Gonzalo Higuain, who has become the main forward in Sarri’s line-up.
But Ronaldo’s lack of goals has started to become a concern over in Turin following another scoreless night in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
Although Sarri remains relaxed over the situation, and believes Ronaldo will improve once he adjusts to the new coach’s system like the rest of the team.
“He had more touches compared to last year’s average against Atletico,” Sarri told reporters ahead of Juventus’ Serie A clash with Verona on Saturday.
“Then if we are discussing shots, it was a tough opponent and he took two out of three on goal.
“We always expect something incredible out of him and he almost did it. His position is working fine and I think he can improve like the rest of the team.”
Since taking charge of Juventus in the summer, Sarri has faced criticism for not rotating his squad enough between games.
However, the former Napoli and Chelsea boss refused to confirm if he’s finally given in to Italy obsessed with rotations.
“We’ll see the situation because we have one more training session,” said Sarri.
“We’ll decide accordingly. In Italy, we’re obsessed with rotation. I played over 60 games in England last season and there are teams that do it all with 14 players.
“Perhaps we use up more mental energy here than physical. When something isn’t working, I like to understand why and improve it.
“With regards to high balls, it was a lapse in concentration and aggression that we can resolve.
“Right now, the team must find strong organisation and we can do so only by having consistency in key positions. We’ll make changes if someone is tired.”
The Juventus and Verona match starts at 18:00 (CET) on Saturday.