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Cristiano-Dybala, possible coexistence

Cristiano-Dybala, possible coexistence

The Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and the Argentine Paulo Dybala, whose tactical coexistence at Juventus Turin has been problematic in recent years, showed important signs of improvement in the final stages of the Juventine preseason and opened up new options for coach Massimiliano Allegri, when missing less than a week to the start of Serie A.

The “Jewel”, which was not called up for the Copa América won by Argentina, made its debut in a friendly with Juventus last Saturday against Atalanta in a trident completed by Cristiano and the Italian Federico Chiesa. He scored a goal and showed a good condition in a year in which he seeks to vindicate himself.

The Argentine forward, whose representatives are negotiating with the Juventus board of directors for a contract renewal, which currently expires on June 30, 2022, wants to regain prominence after living one of his hardest years, weighed down by a series of serious injuries.

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He could only play 25 games and barely scored five goals. Negative numbers that he had not registered since the 2013-2014 season, when he was 21 years old and played for Palermo in Serie B (Italian Second Division).

The injury to the medial collateral ligament of the left knee suffered on January 10, which forced him to be out for three months, is already forgotten and Dybala starts the new course with Allegri on the bench, a technician who allowed him to reach the moments highest of his career, and wanting to be a protagonist.

He made his debut with a goal in the friendly against Atalanta, one of the most competitive clubs in Italy, and was comfortable playing alongside Cristiano and Federico Chiesa.

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The Juventine coach lined him up in the center of the front, with Cristiano on the left wing and Federico Chiesa, brand-new European champion with Italy, on the right. All this, with the freedom to exchange positions and alternate in the center forward position.

The result was as desired. La Joya scored a great goal for the 1-0, before Federico Bernardeschi and the Spanish Álvaro Morata, who jumped onto the field at the restart, determined the final 3-1.

Dybala was on the field for 53 minutes while Cristiano played until after the game hour, when he was replaced by Mattia De Sciglio.

Also CR7, whose future is still wrapped in doubts, although the club expressed the conviction that he will stay until his contract expires on June 30, he was active and in good athletic condition.

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It is possible that Allegri will confirm the trident seen against Atalanta next Sunday in the debut in Serie A at the Udinese field.

Juventus fights to regain the title of the Italian champion lost last year, when Inter Milan, then coached by Antonio Conte, triumphed.

Serie A is expected to be tied, with clubs like Juventus, Atalanta, Inter, Milan or Napoli sharing legitimate title ambitions.

Without forgetting the new Roma of the Portuguese José Mourinho or the Lazio of Maurizio Sarri, who also want to climb positions and take a leading role. EFE (HN)

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