Cristiano Ronaldo (AFP picture)
MILAN: Cristiano Ronaldo is eyeing extra data as Juventus head for Udinese on Thursday with a ninth consecutive Serie A title inside their grasp.
Ronaldo scored a double on Monday in opposition to Lazio to convey his tally to 51 Serie A targets since arriving in Turin in July 2018.
The 35-year-old not solely turned the primary participant to realize a half century of targets in Italy, Spain and England, however was additionally the quickest, doing so in 61 league video games.
Final 12 months the five-time Ballon d’Or winner scored 21 targets in his first season in Italy, however because of his brace in opposition to Lazio he introduced his tally to 30 this time period, with 4 video games remaining.
One other aim would see him match former Italy World Cup winner Felice Borel, who was the final participant to attain 31 targets for Juventus within the 1933-34 season.
For Ronaldo the title of prime scorer — ‘Capocannoniere’ — is up for grabs, as he’s presently stage on 30 with Lazio’s Ciro Motionless.
And he may even overtake Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, the highest scorer in Europe with 34 targets within the Bundesliga this season.
There may be additionally the file of Argentine teammate Gonzalo Higuain, who was Serie A prime scorer below Sarri at Napoli within the 2015-16 season with 36 targets.
“Cristiano is unpredictable,” stated Sarri. “If he places his thoughts to one thing, he is very decided.
“Not solely bodily, however, above all, mentally: he’s a champion along with his ft, but in addition along with his head.”
“Essential victory! We’re nearly there guys! Let’s go,” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram after the Lazio recreation.
Juventus can seal the title with a win over 16th-placed Udinese, but it surely relies on Inter Milan, who’re eight factors behind the champions, dropping to Fiorentina on the San Siro on Wednesday.
In any other case they may win their 36th Scudetto on Sunday, at residence in opposition to Sampdoria, giving Sarri, 61, his first league title.
It might enable them to begin making ready for the Champions League, and overturning a 1-Zero first-leg deficit in opposition to French membership Lyon within the final 16 subsequent month.
“Juventus are nonetheless the very best facet within the league,” stated Inter boss Antonio Conte, who coached the Turin facet to the primary three titles of their present run of league triumphs.
“They’re set to win their ninth Scudetto in a row. We will study from them.
“We have got to maintain making an attempt to enhance, to be extra concerned within the title race, so we will ultimately get our arms on the Scudetto.”
Inter Milan, who haven’t gained the title since their historic treble in 2010 below Jose Mourinho, are nonetheless assured of a Champions League place subsequent season.
“It is nice that we have achieved this aim,” continued Conte, “it was one of many membership’s most important requests, to enhance our outcomes in comparison with earlier seasons and to regular the ship in order that issues aren’t so hectic on the finish of the season.”
Towards Franck Ribery’s Fiorentina they have been held 1-1 earlier this season, with the 12th-placed Tuscany facet coming off back-to-back wins.
“They have a great squad of gamers, they seem to be a good workforce and Giuseppe Iachini is doing an ideal job as coach,” added Conte.
“They will be unfazed by us, however once you’re up in opposition to Inter you all the time have the motivation to offer your all.”
Lazio, in fourth, play at Cagliari after their league hopes have been dashed at Juventus on Monday. They too are additionally poised to return to the Champions League after 13 years, as they’re 11 factors away from fifth-placed Roma.