Albiol expects Ronaldo to struggle

first_imgNapoli defender Raul Albiol has revealed he expects Cristiano Ronaldo to struggle this season in the Italian Serie A.The former Real Madrid centre-back who played with the Portuguese superstar will struggle to score 40 goals after he joined Italian champions Juventus this summer.Ronaldo managed 450 goals in 438 appearances for Real Madrid before leaving for Juventus, but he is yet to register in his three Serie A appearances for the Italian champions.Ronaldo scored more than 40 goals in eight of his nine seasons at the Bernabeu, but Albiol has said that “football is more tactical and defensive” in Italy, and the 33-year-old will therefore struggle to put up similar numbers.“It’s true that in Italy, football is more tactical and defensive, as well as being very physical, so you have to know how to play,” Albiol told AS, according to Sports Mole.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Cristiano’s a great player with tremendous quality, but in Italy it’ll be harder for him to score 40 goals.“Also, I hope he doesn’t because it would be good for Juventus but bad for Napoli. He also started slowly with Madrid last season.”“He didn’t score goals at the start of the campaign, yet he finished up again with some mindboggling numbers. If Cristiano has spent his entire career scoring bags of goals every season, it’s not by chance.”Juventus are next in action at home to Sassuolo on Sunday afternoon.last_img

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