The Serie A 2021-22 season is less than a month away as all the clubs have started their preparations for what is going to be another thrilling season in Italy. However, all eyes will be on Juventus whose 9-year title-winning streak was broken by Inter Milan last season. As a result, Bianconeri manager Andrea Pirlo was sacked after only one season in charge and Massimiliano Allegri returned at the helm once again.
The Italian manager has been one of the most successful managers for Juventus and has been called upon to get the club back on track, with an aim of getting back the domestic championship and hopefully UCL title as well. Allegri will have the services of his mega star - Cristiano Ronaldo - whose contract is set to expire after the end of next season.
Ronaldo's a great player and smart guy: Allegri
However, the newly-appointed Juventus manager did not seem to concerned about that with his focus on current season only. Reflecting on his conversation with CR7, Allegri said, "Ronaldo's a great player and a smart guy. I spoke to him yesterday as I did with the others. I told him that this is an important season and that I happy to meet him again, now he has more responsibility, because three years ago we had a more experienced team, while now there are younger players."
Allegri added that he would be expecting a lot from Ronaldo in terms of responsibility considering the fact that he is one of the most senior players in the squad going into the new season. Although the Italian manager admitted that the Portuguese captain is in good condition and looking fit on his return after a long break, he hinted that he will be rotating Ronaldo throughout the season with so many back-to-back matches.
The 53-year-old also brushed aside all the rumours involving Ronaldo's transfer to PSG as he revealed that Ronaldo has returned to Juventus after the summer break with great motivation. The winger was one of the most crucial players for the Old Lady last season, with 36 goals in 44 matches to his name across all competitions.