The eight-time defending champions opened the brand new Serie A season with a 1-Zero win over Parma whereas new coach Maurizio Sarri continued his restoration from pneumonia.
Ronaldo — beginning his 18th skilled soccer season — buried the ball into the again of the web but it surely was dominated out by VAR (digital assistant referee).
Bianconeri captain Giorgio Chiellini scored the one aim when he poked the deflected ball residence and, afterwards, he paid tribute to Sarri.
“He might be proud as a result of the staff have proven that we’re united and that we are able to practice with dedication and software,” Chiellini stated on the membership’s web site.
“We paid extra for the truth that he’s lacking through the week.”
Sarri missed the ultimate part of pre-season coaching after persistent flu was identified as pneumonia. The 60-year-old Italian was not on the bench for the Parma match and also will miss subsequent Saturday’s massive residence match towards Napoli.
In June, Sarri confessed to smoking 60 cigarettes a day. “I do not notably really feel the necessity to smoke throughout video games,” he advised Soccer Italia. “However straight afterwards it actually is critical.”
Sarri returned to Italy after a single season in England the place he steered Chelsea to 3rd within the Premier League and lifted the Europa League after beating Arsenal Four-1 in Baku. He changed Massimiliano Allegri, who steered Juventus to 5 Serie A titles, forward of the brand new season.
Inter Milan and AC Milan have additionally modified managers for the reason that finish of final season with the hopes that they’ll finish Juve’s dominance of Italian soccer.
Antonio Conte returns to his home league with Inter whereas AC Milan flip to Marco Giampaolo, its sixth supervisor since 2014.