With a brief counter-stabbing and stabbing technique when he pulled the trigger, sending the ball flying in the upper right corner to give Juventus the lead, Paulo Dybala made his best impression of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Old Lady, who on Friday night will win 3-0 on Frosinone, could consider the couple her most precious players, certainly their most dangerous attack weapons, which they hope will unite to finally deliver the Champions League.
Jammed together awkwardly, hoping that they can be functional for the moment, to avoid any drama, which had previously rebooted when Massimiliano Allegri had removed "La Joya" from the starting lineup in the childhood of Ronaldo's time in Turin.
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Despite a short period outside the limelight, the title of Dybala remains high, making speculation on a summer start somewhat implausible, even if the slightest hesitation of Juventus in response to any request will generate enthusiasm from all over Europe, making it perhaps the best talent available on the market comes June.
Manchester United and Liverpool have been linked to the former star of Palermo, although Pavel Nedved, vice president of the Juventus team, commented: "I confirm the words of Paratic (Fabio sports director), Dybala is our future. He is a very important player for us. "
End of the story? Well, perhaps, if Allegri is able to successfully integrate Dybala and Ronaldo in the coming weeks, but the focus on the first leg of the Champions League next week of the last 16 clashes against Atletico Madrid has intensified: Will Allegri feel comfortable including Dybala at the Wanda Metropolitan? The stakes are high, considering the unfortunate draw against the most similar opponent in the competition.
Then there is the compelling transfer strategy devised by Paratici and Co., with the first piece of the puzzle already confirmed with the arrival of Aaron Ramsey on a free space from Arsenal. The arrival of the Welsh midfielder demonstrates a recognition from the club to tackle what was once their strongest unit: the midfield. And while Juventus remains a formidable team, their midfield is now much lower than those that previously included Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio.
To allow Ramsey to prosper, and the intent is clearly there given the expensive outlay on wages, Allegri will remain loyal to a midfield of three men, which complicates the prospect of Dybala to shine given the role of Ronaldo and Mario Mandzukic , Juan Cuadrado or someone similar has asked to balance the side.
Another layer of this developing story is the soap opera that is being developed at Inter with Mauro Icardi and his wife, Wanda, failing to find common ground in contract negotiations. The former head of Juventus Beppe Marotta, now at Inter, took the excecutive decision to throw gas on the fire stripping the Argentine of his captain, apparently preventing any possibility the parties to mend their relationship.
Paratici has already confirmed the interest for Icardi before rebounding for Ronaldo last summer, but coming back for the No 9 this summer, who would have been more suitable to lead Juventus' attack and thus allow Ronaldo to return to his favorite role from the left, only increases the probability of a Dybala exit.
The last few years have shown Juventus to be among the most wary of the market and Ronaldo reach the twilight of his career makes it a risky Dybala exit, but the rare dynamics of this team, on the edge of achieving this who want more, they can force what was previously unthinkable.
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