Allegri calls for patience as Ronaldo and new signings settle

Cristina Cross
August 26, 2018

His debut, however, proved to be a hard one against Lazio who finished fifth in the Serie A and level on points with fourth-placed Inter Milan last season.

However, Sami Khedira nearly got the breakthrough for the hosts in the 19th minute but his curling shot hit the post.

Ronaldo, 33, unintentionally played a role in Mario Mandzukic's second goal of the night on 75 minutes after Miralem Pjanic put the hosts in front at the Allianz Stadium.

Germany global Sami Khedira rattled the woodwork after 19 minutes for the home side, with Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha diving to keep out a Bernardeschi angled drive.

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"At times we fall asleep, at others we get frenetic, whereas we need more balance throughout".

The closest Ronaldo came to breaking his duck was with a vicious dipping effort on the turn in the 71st minute, but it was brilliantly turned over the bar by the Albanian goalkeeper.

Juve left it late against Chievo last weekend, and have substitute Federico Bernardeschi to thank after tucking away a stoppage-time victor to give the Old Lady a 3-2 win.

The Portuguese skipper has scored many goals in his career but revealed that the best so far was the one he netted against his current side Juventus in the Champions League semifinals last season, "It was the best goal in my career so far".

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"Then everyone is waiting for his goal, but I'm happy with what he did and how he is settling in because he is a very humble guy".

The former Sky Sports presenter appeared to suggest that Ronaldo's lack of goals in Italy conveys that it is easier to score in La Liga.

"There was a risk of us getting carried away by the enthusiasm created by Ronaldo's first home appearance", added the coach, who picked Blaise Matuidi and Federico Bernardeschi ahead of Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado.

In Saturday's second Serie A game, Ancelotti got his first home win as Napoli coach as the southerners fought back from two goals down to edge AC Milan. "We will improve in that sense and I know he will score an enormous amount of goals".

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