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Pirlo: ‘Dybala needs to work like Ronaldo’

September 14, 2018

Andrea Pirlo suggests Paulo Dybala needs to force himself into Max Allegri’s starting XI by ‘training with Ronaldo’s desire.’

The Maestro addressed the arrival of Ronaldo in Turin, the return of Leonardo Bonucci and the possible return of Paul Pogba.

“Juventus are a great club with history,” Pirlo told Tuttosport.

“From the start, I understood that their board had an ambitious project in mind. They’d just built the new stadium so they could get back to winning in Italy and Europe.

“If you experience it from inside, like I did for the first four years, you wouldn’t be amazed by the path they’ve taken and their successes.

“When you win, it makes you feel good and you want to keep it up. Juventus have been good at always wanting to improve in recent years.

“At first I thought it was just one of the many summer rumours, but then [Fabio] Paratici called me and told me: ‘It’s all true, we’re negotiating.’

“I thanked him, Marotta and President Agnelli, but I don’t feel any nostalgia. In my career I was already lucky enough to share the dressing room with so many stars.

“I don’t know if Cristiano likes to play as a lone striker. He likes to start on the left, so he needs someone to play near him: Mandzukic is ideal.

“Bonucci coming back surprised me because I didn’t think he would after only a season with Milan.

“However, Juventus only want the best and Leonardo is a top player in his position. Pogba? It wouldn’t surprise me because Juventus are looking for the best and if someone leaves, it’s not said that they can’t return.

“Accepting that you’re not a starter at this stage of the season isn’t easy for anyone.

“Paulo will do everything to play as much as possible: if he trains with Ronaldo’s desire then it will be difficult to leave him out.

“When you don’t play, it means you have to do even more. You must do your bit: Dybala’s qualities aren’t in question.

“To become a crucial player for Juventus, he must find something from inside. First and foremost, he must do it for himself.”

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