Cristiano Ronaldo new role after Juventus return explained by Maurizio Sarri
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Cristiano Ronaldo new role after Juventus return explained by Maurizio Sarri

Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has discussed the new role Cristiano Ronaldo is taking at Juventus.

The role comes after Juventus made a comeback to football after months of a break with a scoreless draw against AC Milan in the Coppa Italia on Friday.

Sarri lined up Douglas Costa, Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala for the first time during his tenure with five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo used as a main forward with two wingers on either side

Speaking after the game, Sarri said: “I asked Ronaldo to take a more central role, he was pleased to try it out and he played the game he needed to at this moment.

"He probably isn’t accustomed to missing a penalty, so hitting the inside of the post-it could go anywhere and he was unlucky.

“I don’t think to play him a few meters more one way or another is going to make a huge difference to such a strong player. Everyone had a strong opening 30 minutes and then faded away.”

Juventus made it to the next round of the competition despite the draw this after the first leg ended with a 1-1 at the San Siro.

It means Juve will have the chance to win back the trophy they lost to Lazio last season, after previously winning it four times in a row.

There was an eventful first half in the game with Ronaldo missing a penalty after striking the post. Moments after, Ante Rebic was sent off for a karate kick into Danilo's chest but Juve could not make the extra man count.

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