Chiellini says Juventus should move on without Ronaldo, insists Dybala is the future

Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala of Juventus-12
Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala of Juventus- - IMAGO / Gribaudi/ImagePhoto

The Bianconeri slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Napoli in last night’s Serie A fixture.

Juventus’ struggles continued after they slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Napoli last night despite Alvaro Morata’s early goal.

The defeat meant that Bianconeri are without a win after three Serie A games this season, and their hopes of reclaiming the Scudetto have hit a stumbling block.

It was a tricky tie for the visitors as they were without the services of the South American contingent – the likes of Dybala, Cuadrado – and Federico Chiesa after the international break.

The most interesting aspect is that the Old Lady’s struggles coincide with Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence, with the Portuguese ace leaving the Allianz Stadium for his former club Manchester United in the final week of the transfer window.

However, Juve defender Giorgio Chiellini insists that the club should move forward without the 36-year-old, and Paulo Dybala is the key player for the future.

The Italian defender said: “When you have a world-class player like Cristiano, you cannot help but use the team to play for him. We must be grateful to Cristiano for all he did during these years at Juventus, but we carry on.

“This will be Paulo Dybala’s team. Over the last couple of years, he lowered his average goals because of Cristiano’s presence, but he is a key player for this team, and that is recognised by everyone.”

Dybala’s importance has grown ever since Allegri took charge as the new boss sees the Argentine as the lynchpin in the attack.

The 27-year-old endured a difficult season last term under Andrea Piro, struggling for regular game time.

Dybala is off to an impressive start this term, racking up a goal and an assist in 2 league appearances so far.