Serie A: Cristiano Ronaldo shifts focus as Juventus goal to reboot title defence in opposition to city-rivals Torino

Serie A: Cristiano Ronaldo shifts focus as Juventus goal to reboot title defence in opposition to city-rivals Torino

Juventus are third, 10 factors adrift of leaders Inter Milan, with each groups having 11 video games left to play this season.

Serie A: Cristiano Ronaldo shifts focus as Juventus aim to reboot title defence against city-rivals Torino

Ronaldo will play his sixth Turin derby, which might be his final, amid hypothesis of an exit from Turin on the finish of the season. AFP

Milan: Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Serie A on Saturday with Juventus trying to reboot their title defence in opposition to struggling metropolis rivals Torino.

Hopes of a tenth consecutive league title have been rocked when Juventus fell 1-0 at dwelling to lowly Benevento earlier than the worldwide break.

Juventus are third, 10 factors adrift of leaders Inter Milan, with each groups having 11 video games left to play this season.

Ronaldo returns from worldwide responsibility the place his fury at a winner dominated out in opposition to Serbia was adopted by pleasure at scoring in opposition to Luxembourg.

The Portuguese striker will play his sixth Turin derby, which might be his final, amid hypothesis of an exit from Turin on the finish of the season.

The 36-year-old, Serie A’s high scorer this season, has scored three targets in his earlier 5 derbies, however simply as soon as at Torino in his first season again in 2018.

Simply six factors separate Juventus in third from seventh-placed Lazio within the race for elite European soccer.

The strain is on coach Andrea Pirlo with defensive duo Leonardo Bonucci and Merih Demiral each testing constructive for COVID-19 after worldwide responsibility.

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon won’t be obtainable on account of his one-match blasphemy ban.

Ahead Paulo Dybala has recovered after almost three months out with a knee harm, however there are strategies he might be suspended as punishment for attending a lockdown gathering with Arthur Melo on the dwelling of American teammate Weston McKennie.

Torino, one level above the relegation zone, have gained simply certainly one of their final 29 Serie A matches in opposition to Juventus, and that was six years in the past.

“Towards Torino it’ll definitely be a battle, as a result of each of us want factors,” warned Juventus winger Juan Cuadrado.

“The defeat to Benevento was very tough to digest,” the Colombian informed Sky Sport.

“Throughout the break, we labored laborious and put gas in our legs to complete the season in the very best means.”

Inter Milan are again in motion at midtable Bologna after their match earlier than the worldwide break in opposition to Sassuolo was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

Antonio Conte’s males are six factors forward of second-placed AC Milan, who tackle Twelfth-placed Sampdoria.

Inter can rely on the return of captain and goalkeeper Samir Handanovic from COVID-19 whereas Bologna’s Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski has examined constructive.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s AC Milan want to enhance their dwelling type to maintain within the operating for a primary ‘Scudetto’ since 2011, having not gained any of their final 5 video games in all competitions on the San Siro.

Atalanta, in fourth, equal on factors with Juventus, host Eleventh-placed Udinese trying to maintain off Napoli, who’re at dwelling in opposition to basement membership Crotone.

Roma, three factors behind Napoli journey to eighth-placed Sassuolo, after shedding two league video games in a row for the primary time this season.

Sassuolo will probably be with out their Italian internationals, Gian Marco Ferrari, Manuel Locatelli, Domenico Berardi and Francesco Caputo, “as a precaution” regardless of their adverse exams, after an outbreak on the Italy workforce.

One to look at: Giuseppe Iachini

Giuseppe Iachini returns to the Fiorentina bench simply over 4 months after being changed by former Italy coach Cesare Prandelli, who resigned every week in the past citing the pressure of present soccer.

‘La Viola’ are 14th, seven factors above the relegation zone, earlier than travelling to Genoa, who haven’t misplaced at dwelling in eight video games.

Key stats:

149 – Lazio striker Ciro Motionless’s Serie A targets

23 – Ronaldo leads the Serie A scorers’ chart

8 – Inter’s league profitable run

4 – Juventus’s defeats this season

Fixtures (all occasions GMT):

Saturday

AC Milan v Sampdoria (1030), Atalanta v Udinese, Benevento v Parma, Cagliari v Hellas Verona, Genoa v Fiorentina, Lazio v Spezia, Napoli v Crotone, Sassuolo v Roma (all 1300), Torino v Juventus (1600), Bologna v Inter Milan (1845)

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