Allegri expects Madrid to thrive, despite Ronaldo's departure

Cristiano Ronaldo has swapped the Spanish capital for Turin, but Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is backing Real Madrid to cope.

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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri knows that Real Madrid will always be competitive, despite parting company with Cristiano Ronaldo. 

The Portugal star left the Santiago Bernabeu for the Serie A title-holder in July, commanding a huge fee of £100million despite the fact he will turn 34 this season.

Ronaldo, still recovering from his involvement in the World Cup, did not feature as Madrid defeated Juve 3-1 in the International Champions Cup in Maryland on Sunday.

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And, Bianconeri boss Allegri knows that the Spanish giant will remain a potent force in 2018-19, despite giving up its long-term talisman. 

"Real Madrid is a great team. We're happy to have Cristiano, especially on the international stage and the experience that he brings to the club. However, Real Madrid will always be a competitive club, with or without Cristiano," he told a post-match news conference.

"It's going to be a pleasure to coach Cristiano Ronaldo, certainly he's one of the top players in the world next to Lionel Messi and I'm looking forward to the privilege of coaching such a fantastic player."

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Juve has enjoyed a productive off-season recruitment drive, bringing Leonardo Bonucci back from AC Milan and signing Joao Cancelo, Emre Can and Mattia Perin, in addition to the eye-catching capture of Ronaldo. 

And, according to Allegri, no further new arrivals should be expected in Turin before the transfer window closes. "The acquisitions are done by the club," he said.

"At this point I believe our club is very competitive and I'm looking forward to entering the season with what I have at my disposal."

Asked about Mehdi Benatia's first-team prospects following the return of Bonucci, Allegri said: "We have five [defenders] of a high level and we have a very busy season, so we're going to need all of them."

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