Juventus boss has admitted that he is not at all dissatisfied with his decision of taking off Cristiano Ronaldo in Juventus’ most recent win against Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan. The black and whites defeated the Nerazzurri by 2 goals to 1 in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final. Juventus came out victorious with a 2-1 scoreline in the first leg.
Lautaro Martinez had opened the scoring in the 9th minute as Ronaldo got a brace just before the end of the first half to make it 2-1. The game ended in that exact scoreline as the Portuguese scored his 21st and 22nd goal of the season. The former Manchester United winger played another big role as he scored a penalty ad brace to help his team win against yet another big team from Italy. The forward turns 36 in two weeks and is showing no signs of slowing down.
However, the victory was not all that merry as the former Real Madrid player was subbed by Andrea Pirlo in the second half. The former Italian international footballer had admitted that the 35-year-old was not happy with the decision. The former AC Milan man also admitted that he is the coach and his word will be the final word in the dressing room. All players need to be treated equally and that looks to be the mentality around the Juventus dressing room.
Pirlo concedes that Ronaldo was not exactly happy with his decision but it was what was needed to be done at that particular point in the game. The Juventus boss also stated that they have an important game on Sunday and that the 35-year-old needed rest. According to Pirlo, Ronaldo was angry but he told him that he needed rest as he has been playing many minutes this season.
They need Cristiano at his best and the Juventus coach feels he made the right decision.
“I said [to him] that he had to rest, we have an important match on Saturday. He has played many consecutive games, every now and then a little rest is good for him.”
Source: Rai Sport (via Goal)
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