By Giancarlo Aulino
In this Beyond The Game interview Correspondent Giancarlo Aulino speaks with Claudio Perfetto, contributor – CloudSports Football and DiMarzio. DiMarzio is arguably the most respected and trusted source for all news and rumors in Italy’s top soccer league; Serie A.
In his time covering Italian soccer, Claudio has provided an in depth analysis of all things pertaining to Serie A. During the interview, Claudio talks about Cristiano Ronaldo's decision to sign with Juventus, the impact Ronaldo will have on Serie A, AC Milan and Inter Milan, the sports streaming-service DAZN, and what he feels Sebastian Giovinco needs to do to earn a call-up to Italy’s national team.
Giancarlo: Claudio as we’ve both seen this summer, Serie A has gotten a lot of interest in their league after Cristiano Ronaldo decided to leave Real Madrid and sign with Juventus. What are your thoughts on the signing and how do you feel Ronaldo’s presence impacts Serie A?
Claudio: It’s a great signing. It’s probably something that you didn’t see coming just a couple months ago towards the end of the season. He made a couple remarks that he wanted to leave Real Madrid after the Champions League final but it’s kind of been going on with him year after year where he’s mentioned things like that and nothing concrete has ever come of it, but this season obviously that changed. Juventus was very interested in signing him and it was a great transfer that they were able to pull off and for Serie A it’s a huge impact. You could just see already in terms of revenue and attention the league is getting from having Ronaldo. Also the other teams have really stepped up and signed big players themselves because now they know that Juventus, who was already far ahead of them got even further ahead so they don’t have to catch up, so it’s been nothing but a positive impact so far having him in Italy.
Giancarlo: Yeah, and Juve signing Ronaldo now has many members of the media and fans considering them favourites to win the UEAFA Champions League this season. They signed Emre Can, Cancelo, and brought back Bonucci in the player swap with AC Milan as well. With that in mind, what tactics or formations do you think Max Allegri will maybe lean towards this season?
Claudio: Yeah, he’s been very flexible with Juventus; they’ve done everything from a 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3 to three at the back. The additions that they’ve made give them a lot of flexibility; Ronaldo will probably be that primary striker you’ll see up top but then as far as the other attackers like Dybala, Douglas Costa, Mandzukic, and Bernardeschi, they a lot of flexibility... Cuadrado even. They have players that can play centrally, play on the wings. Cancello is a player who could be a right-back in a fou- man defense but also as a wing-back if you to a three-man.
Bringing Bonucci back obviously allows you to go back to the three-man defense with Bonucci, Barzagli, and Chiellini, something they did a lot in the past. So it’s very hard to pin Allegri down in terms of what he’ll be doing because he does change a lot and he does change his formation based on the opponent. I personally think their strongest tactic would be a 4-3-3, where they play with the four-man defense and then up top they have Douglas Costa, Ronaldo, and Dybala. I think that along with the midfield of Pjanic, Emre Can, and maybe even a Bentancur would give them their most talented lineup, but we’re going to see them do a lot of different things this season it’s just Allegri’s DNA to hide his tactics and switch them based on who Juventus is playing.
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