After his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo seemingly took strain in the past few weeks, Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri was asked to comment on the Portuguese superstar’s performance against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night.
Ronaldo completed his first 90 minutes for the Italian giants in three matches, but once again failed to find the back of the net, last doing so for the Bianconeri last month.
The 34-year-old was taken off in Juve’s previous Champions League match against Lokomotiv Moscow, while he was also substituted by his manager in the 55th minute against AC Milan earlier this month.
Sarri’s decision seemed to cause some friction with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who played both matches for Portugal in the latest international break, scoring four goals along the way.
After continuing his drought for Juve on Tuesday, the Italian tactician explained that he kept Ronaldo on because he wanted the former Real Madrid talisman to get himself a goal.
“Why didn’t Ronaldo come off? I wanted to keep him because I was hoping for a goal so he could unlock himself,” Sarri said, according to IlBianconero.com.
“Tomorrow, we will check if his recovery has worked or not.”
Ronaldo has scored just six goals in 15 matches for the Old Lady this season, assisting a further two strikes in the process.