28.11.2019 » Can in-form Dybala inspire Juventus to Champions League glory?
Maurizio Sarri's era at Juventus has been overflowing with success in its initial stages. While some are questioning his methods, the results have come by hook or by crook to keep the Bianconeri in a comfortable position in the league as well as the UEFA Champions League. Now understandably, after having won the Serie A title for the past eight years, the bigger priority is to break the Champions League duck. This William Hill sign up offer is a good way to back Juventus in Europe, where they are one of the favourites to lift the trophy. Sarri's expertise in Europe, where he won the UEFA Europa League with Chelsea, was another reason he was ushered in with confidence.
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Dybala's influence grows by the day
But the most influential warrior for the Italian in recent weeks has been the one he wanted to sell in the summer. Paulo Dybala, after a troublesome summer in which he rejected both of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur's advances, is proving Sarri why he was wrong about him.
The Argentine's found back his unstoppable flow under Sarriball, operating as a stick of booming dynamite in the final third for the Bianconeri.
With Cristiano Ronaldo allegedly having some issues, Dybala's taken the claim of Juve's most influential attacker to keep winning them matches.
More than just his incredible winner against Atletico Madrid, where he fooled Jan Oblak with a stunning curler out of nowhere, Dybala's been a big reason for Juve's success in Europe. With three goals and an assist in five games, he's single-handedly won them six points in the group.
Dybala's getting even better as he adjusts himself to Sarri's style, with the Italian being compelled to put the attacking load on him. He's also getting a lot of help from compatriot Gonzalo Higuain, who's turned around his fortunes after a disastrous loan spell at Chelsea.
Higuain's also scored 5 goals and assisted as many across all competitions, with his impeccable link-up play with Dybala proving their sparkling chemistry.
A more balanced team...
Now that the Bianconeri have a solid defensive structure, helped by Leonardo Bonnucci's rock-solid partnership with new-boy Matthijs De Ligt, they look more capable of sustaining pressure in Europe.
Of course, things will get only better once Ronaldo regains his ruthlessness as the season moves on. But for now, Dybala is taking the mantle of winning them games and swooning fans with his beautiful work around the attacking third.
Times will get harder as they move forward in the Champions League and face tougher opposition who will test the Bianconeri's mental fortitude.
The Argentine will need to grow a thicker skin to avoid injuries, keep contributing towards goal and retain his productive nature through the highs and lows.
But having tasted disappointment with the Bianconeri in Europe for years now, he looks ready to use that as a weapon to plough through the intimidating oppositions which come in the Champions League and inspire his side with his stunning contribution marching forward.
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Juventus vs Sassuolo kick-off time (01-12-2019):
Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 19:30
Jakarta (Indonesia) | UTC/GMT+7: 18:30
India (New Delhi) | UTC/GMT+5.30: 17:00
Italy (Turin) | UTC/GMT+1: 12:30
Spain (Madrid) | UTC/GMT+1: 12:30
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+0: 11:30
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 08:30
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 07:30
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 04:30
Sources: ronaldo7.net / juventus.com / calciomercato.com / independent.co.uk