01.07.2019 » What's changing in Juventus ahead of the 2019-20 season?
Juventus will make sure to utilize the time and opportunity given to experiment their playing style under new manager Maurizio Sarri during the first pre-season friendly against Tottenham at the National Stadium in Singapore. The Turin giants are set to lace up their boots and continue their domination in Italy, while keeping focus on next season's Champions League for more success after winning a monumental eighth consecutive Serie A title which brought their overall tally to 35 trophies and reaching the quarter-finals of the European Cup. The world knows the statement presented by Cristiano Ronaldo last season for Juventus, as the Portuguese talisman smashed 28 goals and let's not forget the night against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages, where he scored a magical hat-trick.
Maurizio Sarri - First interview in Juventus
With Sarri as the new boss, there shall be new tactics and a different approach of football that players need to adapt to, which is why we will watch a more passing-driven playing style during the upcoming friendly against Tottenham.
The 4-3-3 formation is widely favoured by Sarri, which has been deployed during his time at Napoli and Chelsea last season. There are great chances that we'll see the Italian manager already using his preferred formation in his first game, but things could change as he also has another formation of 4-3-1-2 in his mind, which was pretty much successful at Empoli.
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According to major sources in Italy, Juventus have reportedly defeated Paris Saint-Germain in the race of signing the phenomenal young talent, Matthijs de Ligt to Turin. The 19-year-old Dutch international has been strongly linked with the Serie A champions and who knows, maybe he plays his first game on 21st July against the Champions League finalist.
Another young defender, Daniele Rugani, could perhaps be seen taking charge who played under Sarri during their time together at Empoli. It was the former Chelsea boss who helped developing Rugani, which eventually convinced Juventus to purchase the player. The Italian centre-back has been stalled due to the domination duo of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, but will be aiming to get the green signal for this match at least.
Heart of the team
The arrival of Aaron Ramsey has been immense, and is very much possible to play during the friendly. Former Arsenal midfielder is likely to bring excitement on the pitch and the Welsh star could transition into the role we saw Marek Hamsik played effectively under Sarri at Napoli. Ramsey is a fast-thinker, having intelligent movements with the ball who can thrive in both halves of the pitch and creating chances or simply, just scoring behind the net. However, the Italian manager could also bring the 19-year-old talent Nicolo Zani, who will likely want to showcase his abilities during the friendly.
Juventus are still looking for additional midfielders, with Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic still in the list of targets, while Lyon's dynamic Tanguy Ndombele talks have begun again and rumour has it, the "Paul Pogba coming back at Turin novel" has been cooled off for now.
The action-packed front side is what Sarri would want to be make sure is consistent throughout the season, which is why there will be tons of different approaches in this part of the field. Let's talk about Ronaldo's role under Sarri's gameplay.
Sarri already plans to rotate the team around the best player in the world and hopes to bring out his ability of scoring goals to the maximum limit. The experiment of using the Portuguese international as a false nine could be seen being implemented, where wingers such as Federico Bernardeschi or Douglas Costa will be introduced to open up spaces and create chances for the number 7 striker.
The young talent of Moise Keane could be seen as well, with Ronaldo playing at his preferred position on the left-side. The 19-year-old's versatility of physical presence and ability to open up gaps for Ronaldo will be something to make note of. The options of this duo can excel and make life difficult for out-of-form Paulo Dybala, with the future of the Argentinian still uncertain.
Using and being pitch-perfect when it comes to Cristiano Ronaldo's goal-scoring form has to be key, and to avail his abilities into unlimited forms is extremely important. This is the biggest challenge for Sarri and he has enough time to make sure during such pre-season friendlies on how and where to bring out the "legendary" form of someone who clearly isn't from this planet...
Author: Ali Mangi
Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Juventus is for the International Champions Cup on July 21 of 2019, against Tottenham. You can watch Juventus vs Tottenham, Chile vs Peru, England vs USA, Brazil vs Argentina, Boreham Wood vs Arsenal, and Borussia Dortmund vs Schweinberg, all matches provided from our live soccer streaming game pages.
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Juventus vs Tottenham kick-off time (21-07-2019):
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