Italian football expert's verdict on Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus debut v Chievo

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Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus debut has sparked a lot of debate across the footballing world.

The Portuguese superstar - who was signed from Real Madrid for €100m - played the full 90 minutes in the 3-2 win over Chievo Verona.

He didn't get on the scoresheet, but he was heavily involved in the game and certainly had chances to hit the back of the net on his Serie A bow.

But it wasn't to be, however, Fernando Bernadeschi was on hand to score a dramatic late winner for the Bianconeri to at least hand Ronaldo three points on his debut.

The narrative for the next few weeks will centre on how Max Allegri can fit the 33-year-old into his team and improve.

He has a wealth of attacking options at his disposal, but fitting them all into a system that suits them all will certainly be tricky.

And Italian football expert Gabriel Marcotti wrote some very interesting analysis on Ronaldo's debut.

He's The Times' European football correspondent and has around 463,000 Twitter followers, so his opinion is certainly one worth taking on board.

Chievo Verona v Juventus - Serie A

You can read some key snippets from his article below.

One of the more damning lines is: "Allegri's teams are simply not built to accommodate players who lose possession as often as Ronaldo did."

Marcotti also questions his ability to be the central focal point of Juve's attack, noting the improvement in both Ronaldo and the whole team when Mario Mandzukic came on.

The Croatian is now the only natural centre forward on Juve's books, which could prove to be a bit of a mistake from Allegri and his staff.

Chievo Verona v Juventus - Serie A

Marcotti's general consensus is that Ronaldo's adjustment will take time and Allegri faces a tough task to maintain the harmony between his attacking players.

Ronaldo, Mandzukic, Dybala, Costa and Cuadrado can't all play at the same time, unless Allegri decided to abolish the art of defensive and midfield solidity altogether.

Massimiliano Allegri
Paulo Dybala
Mario Mandzukic
Douglas Costa
Juan Cuadrado
Cristiano Ronaldo

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