‘My relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo is good’: Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri reiterates there is no rift between him and Portugal star after substituting him in two games in a row
- Former Chelsea boss substituted Portugal international in two games in a row
- Cristiano Ronaldo did play down talk of rift between himself and boss last week
- Now Maurizio Sarri has insisted that there is no disagreement between the pair
Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has reiterated that there is no rift between himself and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The former Chelsea boss substituted the Portugal international in two games in a row – against Lokomotiv Moscow and AC Milan – with Ronaldo walking straight down the tunnel and leaving the stadium before the game had finished on the second occasion.
Ronaldo did play down talk of a rift between himself and his manager last week and now Sarri has insisted that there is no disagreement between the pair.
Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri reiterates there is no rift between himself and Cristiano Ronaldo
The striker appeared incensed earlier this month after being subbed in back-to-back matches
‘My relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo is good,’ he said in a pre-match press conference ahead of Juventus’ Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.
‘If a player who has won so much is angry about being substituted it means he still has a lot of motivation, and this is something positive.’
Ronaldo missed Juve’s 3-1 win over Atalanta at the weekend through injury but Sarri is uncertain of his fitness ahead of Atletico encounter.
‘Yesterday, Cristiano trained with his team-mates. It seems that his condition is improving but we still have to evaluate between today and tomorrow,’ he added.
Ronaldo did not hang about after substitution against AC Milan heading straight down tunnel