Paulo Dybala admits “it’s more fun” to play under Maurizio Sarri and that he now feels like “an important player” for Juventus.
Dybala has already scored six goals this season, compared to the 10 he managed all of last term, and the Argentine forward is enjoying playing with less of the shackles that Max Allegri imposed.
“The way the team is led has changed,” he told El Pais.
“[Sarri] has a completely different way of understanding the game. For me, and maybe even the rest of the attackers, it’s more fun.
“We keep the ball more and we’re creating lots of chances. This gives you chances to take and do something different because you know you will get another go.
“You learn to play quickly and attack all the time. There are games where we create 20 chances. You can only imagine what this means for a striker.”
The 26-year-old was linked with moves away from Turin over the summer but insisted on staying and was on target again in Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence during a 3-1 win against Atalanta.
“I feel like an important player, respected by the fans and my teammates,” he added. “But I don’t feel like a leader and I’m not trying to be one.
“A leader must convey and generate something positive to the group. You don’t have to scream or insult someone to be respected.
“You need to know when to talk to a teammate. Sometimes you don’t have to say anything.
“Evra, for example, was phenomenal in this regard. Or Buffon, who is a gentleman and only his presence is impressive.
“The important thing is to be natural, it’s useless to try to make the other love you.”
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