Maurizio Sarri says it is “a source of satisfaction and pride” to coach Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus but confirms Aaron Ramsey will miss Lokomotiv Moscow.
Ronaldo spoke of his fondness at working under Sarri, whom he appeared alongside at Juve’s Lokomotiv Press conference on Monday, and the Coach returned the favour.
“The trap is playing against a team who are having a great season,” warned the 60-year-old.
“They’ve put themselves in a good position in the Champions League, and that means this team are better than what everyone expected.
“We must have great respect for them and be very calm in the 90 minutes. It’ll be difficult.
“Dybala and Higuain are both fine. Anyone who plays will do so with the right peace of mind.
“Coaching Ronaldo, for me, is a source of satisfaction and pride. He has an extraordinary mentality and knows how to impose objectives on himself and the team.
“When he scored his 700th goal, he was thinking about his 800th. I think that’s important for all of us who are close to him because it’s contagious.
“He makes me understand that the difference lies is in the mentality: he has something more.”
However, no chances will be taken over Ramsey who has been missing since the international break.
“He has no problem with his muscle, tests came up negative. Under stress in training, however, he always has this feeling of fatigue in his thigh and that can be a sign of risk, so he’s working to strengthen his muscle so as not to feel these sensations.
“Danilo’s been training for a few days. I have some doubts about the fact that he can play for 90 minutes, but he’s fine.”
Adrien Rabiot’s future continues to be the subject of speculation, but Sarri has been encouraged by the midfielder’s attitude.
“Playing regularly helps every player. When there are squads as big as ours, however, it’s difficult for everyone.
“The most positive aspect about him is that he went a month without playing but returned to the field and improved.
“He can also grow during training and I'm happy about that. "
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