Sarri: Our players must adapt to ‘difference-maker’ Ronaldo

first_imgMaurizio Sarri has told his Juventus squad they must adapt to Cristiano Ronaldo’s game after hailing him as the “player who makes the difference”.The Portugal international plundered 28 goals in his debut campaign for the Bianconeri following his move from Real Madrid, guiding them to an eighth successive Serie A title.He picked up where he left off in Juve’s first pre-season game ahead of the 2019-20 season on Sunday, scoring a typically clinical goal in his side’s 3-2 International Champions Cup defeat to Tottenham. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Speaking ahead of an ICC clash against Italian rivals Inter on Wednesday, head coach Sarri made it clear Ronaldo will be the focal point of his side in the forthcoming campaign.”He will be the player who will make the difference for us so the other 10 will have to adapt to him,” Sarri told a media conference.”During this tour he will play mostly as a left offensive striker, knowing very well he likes to move more central next to the other striker.”As a team we have to be quick to adapt to his movements since he is capable of making the difference and he will do it for sure. In the first game, he scored and had a further couple of chances.”The defeat to Tottenham also saw the debut of Matthijs de Ligt, the new signing from Ajax who arrived last week for an initial fee of €75 million (£68m/$84m).Sarri described the 19-year-old as a “phenomenal prospect” but would not be drawn on whether he will command an immediate place in his preferred starting XI.”De Ligt is a phenomenal prospect,” Sarri said. “He is a 19-year-old kid who has already been captain in an important club like Ajax so he is an important prospect.”I don’t know whether he will stay on the bench or not. If not, on the bench there will be other important defenders like [Leonardo] Bonucci, [Giorgio] Chiellini and [Daniele] Rugani.”last_img read more

Some 4000 delegates evaluate implementation of UN climate change treaty

“The fact that 2003 is on track to be one of the warmest years on record should be a warning that we must all take seriously,” said Joke Waller-Hunter, the Convention’s Executive Secretary.”We can see growing evidence that many governments have been inspired by the Climate Change Convention and its Kyoto Protocol to strengthen action at the national level, but more needs to be done to stop the increase in greenhouse gas concentrations.”He said it was encouraging that low-cost technologies to reduce emissions have been increasing on the market.Despite measures currently in place to limit emissions from Europe, Japan, the United States and other highly industrialized countries, combined emissions could grow by 8 per cent from 2000 to 2010, or to about 17 per cent over 1990 levels, the UN said.Without ratification by the Russian Federation, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, ratified by 119 other countries, will not enter into force, but governments have used its guidelines to reinforce domestic climate change policies, it said.The first projects under the Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), channelling private sector funds from industrialized countries into emission reduction projects in developing countries, will be registered early next year, it said.Delegates in Milan will explore how to expand CDM activities to cover afforestation and deforestation projects that correct the amounts of carbon dioxide in the air.During the two-week conference, the 4,000 delegates will also attend 100 workshops and debates, it said. read more