Manchester United has wanted the return of Cristiano Ronaldo for many years now. But his return could not make Old Trafford happy on 23rd October, as Ronaldo returned as an enemy and defeated them on their own ground.
Although, Ronaldo didn’t make the score-sheet; however, his being on a team gives them a psychological and tactical advantage. The fact alone that Ronaldo siding with Juventus gave them at least some advantage over the English giants on the most recent UEFA Champions League match. When a player like Ronaldo plays on the opposite side, you NEED to put some extra effort to keep him on a tight leash, which creates other players to play freely.
The winning goal was scored on 17th minute by Paulo Dybala, with, of course, the support of the Portuguese superstar CR7. The victory put Juventus on the top of Group H with a five-point lead.
Only a series of wonderful saves from the United goalkeeper David de Gea kept the hosts from facing a far greater defeat.
After 2 wins, the visiting team arrived at this 3rd round in the 1st position of Group H, with 6 points won. On the previous day, they won at home by 3-0, after in the first game of this group stage to have won by (0-2) out against Valencia. The team arrives at this after a draw at home with Genoa for (1-1).
In the last 10 matches played for all competitions, Juventus have won 7, drawn 2 and lost 1. Their attack has regularly scored, having scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches. This is a team that does not usually feel difficult to open the scoring: scored the first goal in 13 of the last 15 games.
Juventus is a club that has won the Champions League twice in history, as well as having 35 Serie A titles and thirteen Italian Cup titles. In the current season, the team has made a good performance in the group stage of the Champions League, having won the first two games they played, thus leading the Group.
In the last five games that Juventus played as a visitor, counting several competitions, the Italian team scored at least one goal. With Cristiano Ronaldo, the highest scorer in the history of the Champions League, Juventus has had their confidence at a higher point.
The home team arrived at this 3rd round of Group H in 2nd place, with 4 points won, after 1 win and 1 draw. In their first game of this group stage, they lost in Italy by 0-3. In the second round, they drew at home against Valencia by (0-0). In the last game, he played for the Premier League, tied with Chelsea away by (2-2). In the last 10 home games, Manchester United have had 3 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses.
Defensive solidity has not been their strong point as they have conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 games but their attack has regularly scored as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 games. But they couldn’t on the day of the return of their hero.