Cristiano Ronaldo beat Milan Skriniar with two nice touches in Juventus v Inter Milan

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Juventus are on track to run away with the Serie A title yet again in 2018-19.

The leaders - who now boast an 11-point lead over second-placed Napoli - notched an important 1-0 win when they met Inter in Turin on Friday evening.

Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t the hero this time, though - it was Mario Mandzukic in the 66th minute who secured their 14th victory of the campaign.

As such, Juve have equalled the best ever start by any English, Italian, French, Spain or German team in the first 15 matches of a season.

Massimiliano Allegri’s men also haven’t lost at home in the league since April, so it’s little wonder winning their eighth straight scudetto could be seen as somewhat of a formality.

While Inter did cause the hosts problems in the first half, a tactical - as explained by the Juve boss - turned the tide in favour of the Old Lady.

“I moved Mandzukic to the left, Paulo Dybala played much better and we had a very different performance in terms of intensity and pressure,” Allegri told Sky Italia, per Goal.

“We allowed Inter practically nothing in the second half and we had several more chances.

“Matteo Politano was putting pressure on, so I switched the full-backs to make the most of our characteristics and cover where needed, pushing on the other. Cancelo struggled a little with Politano in the first half, mainly the transitions.

“We're working on Cancelo’s defensive approach and it must be recognised he has improved a great deal.

“I asked with the crosses to avoid Milan Skriniar and Joao Miranda, to work on the full-backs who were less physical than we were in those roles. It was a good cross to find Mandzukic.”

Juventus v FC Internazionale - Serie A

While it was a rare goal in which Ronaldo wasn’t involved, he still managed to catch the eye in other ways.

The Portuguese forward isn’t as flashy in possession as during his Manchester United days, so it was nice to witness something of a throwback in the 21-minute.

As he received a pass near the centre of the pitch, Ronaldo, closely marked by Milan Skriniar, chopped the ball away from the defender before turning him once more with another fake.

It didn’t create a goal, but it’s worth a watch…

Ronaldo still treats us to a skill or two from time to time, though there’s no doubt he chooses his moments more carefully nowadays.

Do you miss when Ronaldo would seldom release the ball without first doing a stepover? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

Matteo Politano
Milan Skriniar
Joao Cancelo
Massimiliano Allegri
Paulo Dybala
Mario Mandzukic
Inter Milan
Serie A
Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United

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