Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has given the hint that he might play Paulo Dybala as a striker because of the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo. The Argentine was a regular for Juventus last season, playing 33 Serie A matches and scoring 22 goals. However, this season, the 24-year old has started only two matches and did not play in their Champions League opener against Valencia. During the Valencia game, Allegri used his customary 4-3-3 formation where Mario Mandzukic was the striker while Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschi were wingers.
Allegri said that he could play Dybala as a striker. He said, “I could play Dybala as striker. I think it’s possible, yes. If you remember, this is something we already tried a couple of season ago. If we play with this system, we need two wingers playing more offensive because Paulo is not a player who only plays in the box.
He likes coming back and he makes the team play very well. Therefore, I have to use him according to his characteristics. If he plays as striker then we need our wingers and midfielders coming into the box to finalise the play, otherwise it is difficult to score goals.”
Juventus will play Frosinone tonight. It will be interesting to see whether Allegri deploys a 4-3-3 formation of the 4-3-1-2 formation he used in Juve’s previous Serie A game against Sassuolo. In his 4-3-1-2 formation, Mandzukic and Ronaldo were the strikers while Dybala was the attacking midfielder.