Maurizio Sarri Hails Cristiano Ronaldo, Hints at Further Juventus Signings

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 21, 2019

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - JULY 21: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus celebrates after scoring his goal during the International Champions Cup match between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur at the Singapore National Stadium on July 21, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as "the best player in this team" after the Old Lady's 3-2 pre-season loss to Tottenham Hotspur in Singapore on Sunday.

Harry Kane netted a stoppage-time winner from the halfway line at the National Stadium after goals from Erik Lamela, Gonzalo Higuain, Ronaldo and Lucas Moura:

It was Sarri's first game in charge since he was appointed Massimiliano Allegri's successor last month.

Afterwards he said Ronaldo, 34, is the key man in his squad, and he added praise for Higuain, who he worked with previously at both Napoli and Chelsea, per Football Italia:

"Cristiano's the best player in this team. Therefore, we must set up the other 10 well defensively. He can play anywhere on the field. He's the best, and it's important for him to be free on the pitch. The positive aspect with Higuain is his attitude. Gonzalo's looking good in training."

Matthijs de Ligt made his debut for Juve against Spurs following his €75 million (£67.8 million) move from Ajax earlier this week.

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - JULY 20: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Juventus speaks to the media during the Juventus official training/press conference at Bishan Stadium on July 20, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Lionel Ng/International Champions Cup/Getty Images)
Lionel Ng/International Champions Cup/Getty Images

Other key additions to the Old Lady squad this summer have included Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot, both signed on free transfers from Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain, respectively.

Sarri hinted, though, that the Italian champions are not yet done with their business, per Football Italia:

"I think the club, between now and the end of the transfer window, will do something in terms of incomings, but we'll also have to do something in terms of outgoings."

Juventus have won the last eight Serie A titles in succession, so Sarri's key aim for next season will be to guide his new club to UEFA Champions League glory.

The 60-year-old only earned his first piece of major silverware last term when he won the UEFA Europa League with Chelsea.

Juve were runners-up in Europe's elite competition in 2014-15 and 2016-17, but they have fallen at the quarter-final stage in both the last two campaigns.

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