13 Mar Juventus boss Pirlo defends Ronaldo document after Champions League criticism
Andrea Pirlo defended Cristiano Ronaldo’s document at Juventus following criticism after the Serie A champions’ elimination from the Champions League in opposition to Porto.
Ronaldo was at fault for Porto’s decisive strike of their away targets victory as Sergio Oliveira’s 115th-minute free kick squeezed by means of the wall after Ronaldo had turned his again and lifted his leg up. TV pundit and former Juve supervisor Fabio Capello described Ronaldo’s position as “the worst,” whereas former president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli advised the membership offload the Portugal captain on the finish of the season.
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The criticism led to numerous reviews in Spain that Ronaldo was sad on the membership and on the lookout for a return to Actual Madrid, whom he had left to hitch Juve, however Pirlo dismissed the rumours.
“It is regular that he is upset, as is the entire squad,” Pirlo instructed a information convention forward of the Serie A conflict with Cagliari on Sunday (12 p.m. ET, dwell on Football4cast+). “And it is regular there be rumours after an elimination.
“He’s probably the most talked about footballer on this planet alongside [Lionel] Messi — persons are at all times speaking about him. It is value reminding that he has at all times completed nicely.
“He has 90 targets in 100 video games for Juventus and has at all times proven his value. It may well occur that he would not rating in a sure match, as has occurred with others, and this creates rumours.”
Ronaldo additionally confirmed his dedication to show his doubters incorrect with a submit on Instagram the place he mentioned he’s focusing on the longer term moderately than the previous.
Pirlo, who as a participant gained the Champions League twice with AC Milan and misplaced a ultimate whereas at Juve, has urged his squad to take motivation from this disappointment.
“The team is getting itself collectively as a result of it was an enormous blow,” Pirlo added. “We have to look to take the most effective from troublesome moments, and I’m positive we’ll try this instantly.
“In my [playing] profession, I’ve been in a number of of those conditions: I gained rather a lot however I additionally misplaced rather a lot, and I at all times tried beginning once more with nice enthusiasm regardless of the massive disappoints. We are going to do the identical tomorrow.”
Regardless of being eradicated from the Champions League, Juve are nonetheless within the hunt for a 10th successive Serie A title — they sit 10 factors behind leaders Inter Milan with a recreation in hand — and within the ultimate of the Coppa Italia.
“We’re in March and nonetheless have 13 league matches and the Coppa Italia ultimate,” Pirlo mentioned. “Our season did not finish Wednesday; it continues with the need to point out that we’re Juventus: we wish to struggle for the title proper till the ultimate day, and that relies upon on us.”