The newly appointed boss Maurizio Sarri is keen on changing the playing position of Juventus’s starman Cristiano Ronaldo, and has seemingly wasted no time in discussing his plans with the Portuguese superstar.
‘I want to help Ronaldo break more records’ – the ex-Chelsea manager was already very enthusiastic about working with the 34-year-old at Turin, and according to reports from Football Italia, has already met Ronaldo, who currently on a vacation at Cote d’Azur.
Previously having used Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens at the “False-9” position at Chelsea and Napoli respectively, Sarri wants to follow the same tactics of positional change of CR7 – making him into “CR9” to further improve his goalscoring records, possibly targeting the single season record of 36 goals, which was set by Gonzalo Higuaín at Naples under Sarri himself.
“At Chelsea I trained many strong players, but to coach Cristiano Ronaldo is emotional, because it a step forward,” Sarri told the reporters.
“When a player has the quality like Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo, they can play in any role. The only thing that can change is the interpretation of the role.”
At the press conference, Sarri suggested that he will shift from his controversial 4-3-3 “Sarriball” back at Stamford Bridge, to a 4-3-1-2.