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Cristiano Ronaldo was present to win 3-0 against Sassuolo Sunday and restored an 11-point cushion at the top of Serie A.
Sami Khedira scored his first goal since the opening match of the season, but Ronaldo's second-half lead allowed the three giants to stay comfortable at the top. Emre Can came off the bench and joined fellow German Khedira on the scoresheet with his first touch.
Ronaldo started for the Bianconeri while Paulo Dybala was stopped for the second consecutive game by his coach Massimiliano Allegri and only came into play in the 83rd minute.
Dybala as irreplaceable for Juve as Ronaldo
After having seen their favorite favorite net score 26 goals in career, all achievements together, last season, Juventus fans probably did not expect Dybala to be so angry in the presence of rookie Ronaldo of the summer. Far from it, many could have even expected that Dybala produce more thanks to Ronaldo who framed it.
However, midway through the season, Dybala's two goals in the league are a pittance in comparison to what could have been. He was an unused substitute in the 3-3 draw against Parma last Saturday, when he apologized to Allegri after leaving the bench early.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, scored his goal at Sassuolo and will undoubtedly continue to rule at the forefront of the Allegri attack, according to ESPN Stats & Info:
ESPN Statistics and Information @ESPNStatsInfo
Cristiano Ronaldo gives Juventus a 2-0 lead over Sassuolo with a goal in the 70th minute.
He scored nine goals in a row on the road, the longest stretch of his career of this type. https://t.co/ZvMXkNqTH8
The move to a system defined more by his wings deprives Dybala of his optimal place in the team, right next to or behind the main striker – in this case, Ronaldo.
However, Adam Digby, author of Serie A, stressed the need to give priority to the team before any player, which could leave a little side Dybala in the cold:
Adam Digby @Adz77
Because the rest of the team is suitable for 4-3-3 & amp; you do not break that for a player, especially when you have great alternatives that fit the style that suits everyone else https://t.co/DhHbREGYQe
Adam Digby @Adz77
@ayyy_west @B_Milli Is not Kante's situation a bit like Dybala at Juve? Good player who does not fit the team around him?
Juventus manager Fabio Paratici spoke with Sky Sport Italia (h / t Football Italy) before the kickoff Sunday and said that the departure of Dybala on the bench was not a punishment: "It is a technical decision made by the coach. Paulo made a small mistake, apologizing, that's all. There is nothing strange.
The 25-year-old could still have another decade at the top of the competition, while Ronaldo recently celebrated his 34th birthday and must now be capitalized for Juve to have his talents.
Juventus blogger Arjun Pradeep said the old lady remains the best place for Dybala:
Arjun Pradeep @Indian Regista
@ Juvepodcast It will never be protected in any other club to a degree comparable to that of Juve. He goes to Real, Barça & amp; co; they will judge it on the numbers .. 40/50 goals .. It has the quality but not the personality / fire to score so much.
He is revered at Juve whereas he scored only 2 goals in the league.
Football writer Adam Jones claimed the opposite before Sunday's kickoff, however, a match that may have only underscored his deputy status:
Adam Jones @AdamJonesSJ
Do something about Dybala who suffers in the presence of two
Only two goals in Serie A all season and failed last weekend. Does he need to leave?
Allegri has his favorites at Juventus, such as workaholic Mario Mandzukic and versatile Blaise Matuidi. Dybala could represent more value than either of these players but does not have the facilities to do it in Turin at the moment.
It's a strange situation for a player who has been generally considered the future of the Bianconeri for a few years now, and who has to keep his place in the eleventh as much as Ronaldo, a 100-million-pound man.
Juventus still have a game to play in Serie A before his appointment Atletico Madrid in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, a home showdown against Frosinone, in trouble on Friday. Sassuolo has a week of rest before going to Empoli.