Juventus: Paulo Dybala future addressed by Massimo Allegri as Cristiano Ronaldo displaces Argentina star
Posted: 12 February 2019 Time: 11:00
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has spoken out over the reported fallout with Paulo Dybala who's future at the club has been thrown into doubt since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.
After scoring a career-best 22 goals in 33 Serie A games last season, much was expected for Dybala in Turin as the perfect foil for their new club-record signing, Ronaldo.
But the arrival of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has had somewhat of an adverse effect on the Argentina international, with just two league goals in 20 games during the current campaign.
It's been reported that he departed the Juventus Stadium before the full-time whistle in the 3-3 draw against Parma this month and vented his frustration to Allegri after finding himself on the bench this weekend as they bounced back with a 3-0 win over Sassuolo.
While Ronaldo has been in impressive form breaking several records along the way, the club's second highest paid player, Dybala, is seemingly at loggerheads with the Italian tactician and more notably, Ronaldo.
However, Allegri has been firm with his stance that the balance of his team comes first before the demands of individuals but denied the murmurs of a rift with the talented attacker.
"Ronaldo and Dybala can certainly play together and they will do, but we need everyone to work hard in order to keep the team balanced," he said, as per Sky Italia.
"It all depends on who you are playing against. If the opponents are really clammed up, you need to pass around them. If they leave gaps, you pass between the lines.
Allegri added: "Players are disappointed, but every now and then sitting on the bench is necessary to recharge the batteries and rediscover the right mental toughness.
"Different players have different characteristics. Dybala is playing the same role as he did last year and the year before. It's just having Ronaldo, who is more of a striker, we need someone to find the space. We still need bodies in the box.
"You can play Dybala and Ronaldo, it just depends on the situations. Ronaldo played with Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, so it's not like they're insane at Real Madrid.
"Everyone needs the right partner. Mario Mandzukic is very helpful for Dybala and for Ronaldo."