No pressure, Cristiano: New Juve boss Maurizio Sarri expects 40 goals from Ronaldo next season after ‘tactical’ talk with star man on his holiday yacht
- Maurizio Sarri has already set about making Juventus plans for next season
- The Italian has returned to his homeland after a single campaign with Chelsea
- Sarri made a personal trip to visit Cristiano Ronaldo while on a yacht holiday
- Ronaldo is believed to have talked tactics and goal-scoring expectations
Maurizio Sarri has already set about making Juventus plans for next season and made a personal trip to visit talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, who is holidaying with family on board a luxury yacht.
Sarri headed out to speak to Ronaldo in Navarino on the Peloponnese coast, to introduce himself and talk through tactics and goal-scoring expectations for next season. And it’s a high number he is demanding from the former Real Madrid man.
Italian publication Gazetta dello Sport claim Sarri has told Ronaldo his new-look Juve will be built around him, though he expects a mammoth 40-goal haul next season after making a ‘tactical move’ to play the forward in his most effective advanced role.
Cristiano Ronaldo held talks talks with new Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri on board his yacht
After being unveiled as the new manager, Sarri jetted off to meet Ronaldo on holiday in Greece
Having taken over at the Juve helm following one season in the Premier League with Chelsea, Sarri has already started to map out his project in Turin and wishes for Ronaldo to be the crown jewel.
Sarri was recently unveiled at the Allianz Stadium and wasted no time in name-dropping Ronaldo and praising his newly inherited superstar.
At his introductory press conference on Thursday, Sarri noted a desire to see Ronaldo break more records.
Among those in his sights, Sarri wants the former Real Madrid man to aim for the Serie A single season goalscoring record of 36 which was set by Gonzalo Higuain under Sarri’s guidance at Napoli.
A solid debut season in Italy saw the 34-year-old crowned Serie A Player of the Year
Ronaldo finished the season by guiding Portugal to UEFA Nations League glory on home soil
Sarri was also able to meet some of Ronaldo’s wider circle of friends and his family, including his young children and partner Georgina Rodriguez.
Juve have already added to their ranks with the capture of Aaron Ramsey on a free transfer from Arsenal.
The Old Lady are also sensationally tipped to win the race for defender Matthijs de Ligt, with reports in Italy claiming the Dutchman has picked Sarri’s side over the likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain.
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