Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo has revealed why he opted to place star man Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench in Saturday’s victory over Lazio on the Allianz Stadium.
Juventus battled from behind to beat Lazio 3-1 and shut the hole on high-flying league leaders Inter Milan to seven factors.
Joaquin Correa put the guests forward shortly earlier than the 15-minute mark, however Adrien Rabiot’s Thirty ninth-minute strike and Alvaro Morata’s second-half brace gave Juventus the win.
Chatting with Sky Italia, by way of Metro, after full-time, Pirlo revealed he opted to relaxation Ronaldo forward of the Champions League second leg in opposition to Porto on Tuesday.
“He got here from eight or 9 consecutive video games, we made an settlement through the week (for Ronaldo to be rested), it was already deliberate. Cristiano is an added worth, the boys have finished what they needed to do tonight with out him. Cristiano has already scored 20 objectives, it was regular that others additionally scored.”
Ronaldo has been a star performer for the Bianconeri this marketing campaign, topping the Serie A scoring charts with 20 objectives in 22 appearances.
He has additionally scored 4 objectives in 5 outings for Juventus within the Champions League, and Pirlo will hope he can encourage the Outdated Girl to overturn their 2-1 deficit in opposition to Porto this coming week.
Juventus document spectacular comeback in opposition to Lazio
Juventus hosted Lazio on the Allianz Stadium, aiming to increase their unbeaten streak to 3 video games and seize their first win over the guests this season.
The spoils had been shared in a 1-1 draw within the first assembly again in November. Felipe Caicedo’s Ninety fifth-minute objective canceled out Cristiano Cristiano Ronaldo’s first-half opener.
This time round, Dejan Kulusevski’s cross was stolen by Correa, who slalomed into the field earlier than discovering the goal within the fifteenth minute.
Juventus progressively grew into the sport and had been quickly rewarded with a objective of their very own. Adrien Rabiot defied a good angle to smash his shot previous Reina and draw the hosts degree earlier than the break.
Andrea Pirlo’s males got here charging out within the second half, with Morata scoring two objectives in three minutes at hand Juventus a 3-1 comeback win. Pirlo additionally hailed his aspect for turning issues round and grabbing the specified consequence.
“We began badly on account of our mistake with a again cross and we opened the objective to Lazio. There was a fantastic response and regardless of the various (damage) absences we performed a wonderful match. We didn’t get down and that’s a very powerful factor.”
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