Friday November 22 2019
Sarri: 'Ronaldo left to cool off'

Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will miss tomorrow’s match against Atalanta. “Certain players need to be left to cool off.”

Ronaldos fitness has come under the spotlight after Sarri alleged he was nursing a knee injury, yet he scored for Portugal during the international break and denied there was anything wrong with him.

The pair have since come back in contact and the former Napoli boss made it clear he had no reason to sit down with his No 7.

“There’s no need to clarify anything with Ronaldo. Certain players need to be left to cool off,” he said at a Press conference.

On the other hand, the 60-year-old did concede the forward had returned from international duty with the same issue that saw him controversially subbed off against Milan.

“The problem is that, on Tuesday, he told us that he was still not feeling good.

“Our objective is to have him back for the Champions League. I’m 99 percent sure he won’t make it tomorrow.”

Sarri also announced Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi would be fit for the trip to Bergamo but cast doubt over Adrien Rabiot and Juan Cuadrado.

“There are some players with a few issues. Alex Sandro’s problem is less serious than we initially feared, whilst [Adrien] Rabiot has a problem with his adductor.

“[Juan] Cuadrado is struggling with pain in his back, but [Miralem] Pjanic will be available.

“[Blaise] Matuidi is in some pain, but his character will get him through it. He will be available.”

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