How Will Cristiano Ronaldo Fit Into The Juventus Line-Up?
Undoubtedly the biggest transfer story of the summer so far has been the move of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid to Juventus. He is one of the greatest players of all time, but does he fit into the style of play and formation which Maximilliano Allegri uses at the Italian giants?
Juventus' tactical approach under Allegri
In charge of the Turin-based club since 2014, Allegri has tended to go for a 4-3-3 formation with the bianconeri, particularly in the past couple of seasons. Indeed, we have seen Juve set-up in this style during the pre-season International Champions Cup over the past couple of weeks. He likes to pack the midfield so they are never outnumbered in that area of the pitch, and asks his forward players to press high up the pitch to regain possession, a style Maurizio Sarri is beginning to employ with Chelsea (read more here).
How does Ronaldo fit into a 4-3-3 formation?
At the time of writing, Allegri has Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Douglas Costa as his main attacking options, with the likes of Mario Mandzukic and Juan Cuadrado waiting in the wings. Here's how we think CR7 might fit into a 4-3-3 formation at Juventus.
Ronaldo will likely play down the middle of the front three in a role which Higuain has occupied for La Vecchia Signora in recent years. At 33, CR7 has lost a bit of the pace he possessed when he burst onto the scene with Manchester United, so a central role and more a 'penalty box' striker, might be the preferred role Allegri has for his record signing, allowing Dybala and Costa to do the high pressing work in wider areas.
Eight in a row?
Juventus have won the Serie A title in each of the last seven seasons. And you'd think that by signing one of the all-time greats, the chances of achieving eight consecutive scudetti have only increased further.
But they haven't lifted European club football's biggest prize, the Champions League, since 1996. Ronaldo has won it four times during his illustrious career to date and you wouldn't bet on him making it five by helping Juve during his time in Turin.