Juventus manager, Maurizio Sarri has opened up on his relationship with the clubs superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, reiterating that there is no rift between the duo following his decision to bring off the player two games in a row.
Sarri had substituted Ronaldo two games in a row – against Lokomotiv Moscow and AC Milan – something which seemed to annoy the 34-year-old as he decided to walk down the tunnel and leave the stadium before the game had even finished on the second occasion.
Ronaldo for his part had recently played down any suggestions of a rift with the manager and now Sarri has echoed the same sentiment.
“My relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo is good. 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,” he said in a pre-match press conference as quoted by Dailymail.
The striker seemingly is struggling with a knee problem, which led to him missing their last encounter against Atalanta over the weekend, and while he trained with his fellow team-mates, Sarri is not a hundred percent certain whether he will be able to take the field against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.
“Yesterday, Cristiano trained with his team-mates. It seems that his condition is improving but we still have to evaluate between today and tomorrow.”