Massimiliano Allegri confirms Cristiano Ronaldo will start Juventus' Serie A opener

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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will start in the champions’ Serie A opener against Chievo on Saturday.

The defending champions open up their 2018/19 campaign in Verona and summer signing Ronaldo, 33, will be in the Bianconeri’s starting XI, Allegri confirmed on Friday.

“Ronaldo will make his debut,” Allegri said in his pre-match press conference, adding that Ronaldo is curious to find out about life in Italy.

“I didn’t give Ronaldo any advice. He’s very intrigued to understand how teams play in Italy.

“(Wojciech) Szczesny, (Giorgio) Chiellini, (Leonardo) Bonucci and (Miralem) Pjanic will play and the two full-backs on each side will be (Joao) Cancelo and Alex Sandro.

“Everyone is in good condition, even (Mario) Mandzukic and (Blaise) Matuidi, who both went all the way to the final in the World Cup.”

Juventus' new No7: Cristiano Ronaldo.

Juventus’ new No7: Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo caused a stir in world football when he announced earlier this summer he would leave Real Madrid after nine glorious years in Spain.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was brought to Turin in a €100 million transfer from Madrid last month and has so far appeared in two warm-up friendlies for Juve, but he did not travel with the team to the United States for their pre-season tour.

And Allegri has warned his team not to rely too much on the behemoth as they target an eighth straight Serie A title.

“It’s time to put aside the excitement of the arrival of great players and the greatest of all, we have to keep our feet on the ground, keep a low profile,” continued Allegri.

“We mustn’t make the mistake of thinking that we can win because we have Cristiano. He’s an added value in a team that has played two Champions (League) finals in the last four years.

“Players like Ronaldo are different from all the others: it shows in what he has won, he is a stimulus for everyone.

“It will be a difficult campaign and we need to be prepared and remain focused, because tomorrow at 18:00 (20:00 UAE) the season begins and we will find a tough Chievo side waiting for us.

“I’m curious to see how the team fares.”

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Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo dazzles with goal on debut for Juventus

David Cooper 13/08/2018
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Cristiano Ronaldo showed his class as he made a fine start to life in a Juventus shirt.

Nearly 5,000 supporters turned up to watch the Portuguese in action against the B team and were rewarded with a goal from their new star in the eighth minute.

Ronaldo broke the offiside trap to go clean through on goal before slotting his effort past the keeper. He then forced an error from defender Riccardo Cappellini who stabbed the ball into his own net three minutes later.

The 33-year-old was involved again when he set up Douglas Costa whose effort hit the post before he assisted Paulo Dybala.

Ronaldo didn’t emerge after half-time and the first team won the game 5-0. Watch his excellent finish in the video below.

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Cristiano Ronaldo feels 'great' and 'happy' at Juventus after Real Madrid move

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Legendary No7: Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he is enjoying life at his new home and realised a childhood dream by signing for Juventus.

The Real Madrid icon, who joined the Turin giants in July for €99m, will likely make his Old Lady bow away to Chievo in Serie A on August 18.

And the 33-year-old footballing legend has revealed all has gone well since he ended his love affair with Los Blancos.

“I feel great, everything is good,” he said in an interview with Juventus TV.

“I’m really glad and happy.

“This is a great club and since I was a kid I’ve been looking a lot at this team and I said I hoped to play here one day.”

He went onto say: “It’s a fantastic club, one of the biggest in the world.”It’s the biggest club in Italy and one of the best in the world.”

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