Apparently, Cristiano Ronaldo’s influence in the Juventus squad extends beyond a goal scoring role. As summer signing Adrien Rabiot revealed the Portuguese has helped him settle well at his new club.
Rabiot was the center piece of a saga at his former club Paris Saint Germain. However, the midfielder was eventually snapped up by serie A Giants despite the stern competition, and the French man is reeling to make his debut on Saturday.
Juventus face Parma away in their first Serie A game of the new season. And Adrien Rabiot has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo’s influence, saying ‘his presence is very good for the group.’
“I played a lot this summer, because I needed to adapt to the team,” Adrien Rabiot told Sky Sport 24.
“I’m managing to create an excellent affinity with Cristiano Ronaldo, because he also plays on the left. Training with him allows me to improve myself a lot and his presence is very good for the group.”
“Turin is different from Paris. It’s smaller, but it’s a beautiful city,” he added. “I am finding myself at ease and I managed to adapt well, which is very important for what I can then give on the field.
“Personally, I can’t wait to start this adventure. I feel fit, we have worked a lot this summer, but we are ready for this appointment.
“With Parma it will be difficult, because we are the team to beat, and everyone will always give their best against us, but we are confident.”
Maurizio Sarri is not expected in the dugout for the first two games of the season. As Juventus go in search of a ninth consecutive serie A trophy.
The manager was diagnosed with Pneumonia, and has been given some time off to recuperate. Speaking on his new manager Maurizio Sarri, Adrien Rabiot said: “The coach made an excellent impression on me.
“He has a precise game philosophy and knows exactly how we must play, both in the offensive and defensive phases.
“We have already absorbed his concepts and we are working well with his staff.”