Tuesday July 23 2019
Sarri: Central role for Dybala

Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri says he has a central role in mind for Paulo Dybala and that Cristiano Ronaldo ‘must make the difference’.

Dybala played as a right winger to accommodate Ronaldo last season, but Sarri suggested the Argentine had more of a future through the middle.

“I think Dybala can play as a false nine quite comfortably,” the Coach said at a Press conference for Wednesday’s friendly with Inter.

“We can also set up the attack slightly differently, with the 4-3-1-2 and Dybala playing on the right of a front two.

“We’ll try to give continuity to the good things we did in the second half in Singapore.

“Juve-Inter won’t be a match like any other, although I don’t think the two teams will able to play their best football, given these temperatures and this level of humidity.

“Our coaching school is one of the most important in the world, that seems quite clear to me.

“Tactically our movement is one of the best, although we may not have the financial resources of the English.”

The former Napoli tactician then discussed the Bianconeri’s captain situation.

“The captain is Chiellini, as agreed with Buffon. If there’s no Giorgio, we’ll go for the next player with the most appearances and Bonucci has the most.

“I told the lads that was my idea, but I was willing to accept other points of view and things worked out well.

“For me, however, the armband is only a symbol. The captain must have the right attitude in the dressing room.”

The English Press spun a story that Sarri and Ronaldo had argued mid-game against Tottenham Hotspur...

“We agreed to let him play for an hour. Ronaldo asked me how much time he had left before coming off.

“I told him 5-6 minutes and at the time of his substitution, I only asked him how he was.

“We’ll use him mainly as a forward on the left wing, knowing that he loves to shoot. He must make the difference.”

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