Saturday November 9 2019
Capello: 'De Ligt better with Chiellini'

Fabio Capello believes Matthijs de Ligt would've enjoyed a better start to his Juventus career had he played alongside Giorgio Chiellini.

De Ligt was signed from Ajax for €75m last summer, but has been scrutinised for several mistakes made during the opening months of his Juve career.

The defender was initially supposed to bide his time and be eased into the first team, however the injury to Chiellini after the first game of the season catapulted the Dutchman straight into the side, alongside Leonardo Bonucci.

"We need to give him time, but he has remarkable qualities. Perhaps in his first season in Serie A he would have needed to find Chiellini at his side. He would've helped him," Capello told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

The former Milan boss was full of praise for Max Allegri's replacement, Maurizio Sarri.

"The victory against Lokomotiv Moscow, against a side that is certainly not top-level, has shown that Sarri knows how to be practical. In recent months I have been impressed with his management because he did not want to impose his ideas at all costs, but he sought a compromise between his philosphy and the characteristics of his squad.

"If Allegri had have won like that in Moscow, he would've been criticised, however I say 'good for Sarri,' because he knows the importance of results."

Juve clinched qualification to the last 16 of the Champions League with the win against Lokomotiv, however Cristiano Ronaldo looked sluggish, and Capello doesn't believe he is in the best condition.

"In the box he remains the best in the world, but physically I don't see him as strong as a year ago, and this explains why Sarri took him off in Moscow. The management of a 34-year old is important."

Ronaldo has scored six goals in 13 appearances in all competitions so far this season.

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