Blaise Matuidi has revealed how Juventus were ‘all dead tired after the match against Manchester United, except Cristiano Ronaldo.’
Ronaldo has started hitting form for Juve since his €112m transfer from Real Madrid over the summer, with seven goals in his last seven Serie A appearances.
“We were all dead tired after the match against Manchester United and the day after, except Cristiano,” Matuidi told RMC Sport.
“He’s been working like crazy ever since he got here. He’s been at it more than anyone else and he told me he ‘had to’ behave like that.
“That’s why at 33, he’s been an example for all of us and given us an extra stimulus. His influence isn’t limited to his work during the week.
“He’s also crucial over the 90 minutes. He can do things that others can’t to help improve the team’s game.
“Everyone feels much stronger alongside him. He’s a leader in this sense.”