Allegri: ‘Ronaldo is extraordinary’

Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri calls Cristiano Ronaldo “extraordinary” and expects “a great game” from Paulo Dybala against Real Madrid.

Today the Bianconeri face the team which beat them in last year’s Champions League final, and Ronaldo has been in sensational form in recent weeks, with 18 goals and three assists in his last 10 games for club and country.

“We have to be very good as a unit [to stop him],” Allegri explained in his pre-match Press conference.

“I think we need to congratulate Ronaldo because for a player to be 30 or 31 and change his playing style completely is something extraordinary.”

Allegri was then asked if he thinks Gareth Bale or Isco will start tomorrow.

“You’d have to ask [Zinedine] Zidane, I’m the Juventus Coach. I don’t understand the question…

“I’d say Bale, but maybe Isco, I don’t know.”

Paulo Dybala has hit a rich vein of form after his injury, and his Coach expects a big performance tomorrow.

“He’s in great shape, he’s been working really well and he’s grown a lot mentally,” Allegri said.

“I’m sure you saw that in Saturday’s match, the goal he scored clearly showed he’s in great shape and I’m sure he’ll play a great match today.”


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