After the 1-1 draw against AC Milan at the first leg of Coppa Italia semifinals, Juventus finished the second leg with a 0-0 draw last night. However, their manager Sarri believes that it was absolutely unlucky for Cristiano Ronaldo to miss a penalty against 10-man AC Milan at the 16th minute of the game.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brilliant penalty in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semifinals before the Covid-19 pandemic to help his team to secure a 1-1 draw against AC Milan. Following the return of Italian football, he failed to maintain that same pace and finished the match without a goal last night.
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While talking about Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri said, “I asked Ronaldo to take a more central role, he was pleased to try it out and he played the game he needed to at this moment.” He added, “He probably isn’t accustomed to missing a penalty, so hitting the inside of the post it could go anywhere and he was unlucky.”
The coach added, “I don’t think playing him a few meters more one way or another is going to make a huge difference to such a strong player. Everyone had a strong opening 30 minutes and then faded away.” He said, “Clearly after three months, getting back to the touchline and seeing the teams out there is a good sensation, even if it’s not the same without the fans.”
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Sarri said, “I was very surprised and satisfied with our opening 30 minutes, as we moved the ball so quickly and totally dominated the game, even before the red card.” He said, “After that, we slowly dropped our tempo, intensity, and mental determination, but that is a risk in an empty stadium. We had been doing so well, playing one and two-touch football, but then we slowed down and lost some sharpness, focused more on individual moves, and taking two touches.”
The Juventus manager said, “The positive is that we didn’t allow the opponents to play at all. It’s going to take a while to get the fitness and mentality back to 100 percent. If you compare it to a pre-season game, it’d be early July, but this is worse than pre-season because it was a much longer break.” He then added, “It’ll take some patience, but the first 30 minutes I saw today was an excellent sign.”