Regardless of a looming Champions League tie versus Atletico Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is not going to be rested for Juventus’ Serie A conflict with Napoli.
Cristiano Ronaldo might be within the Juventus facet to tackle Napoli in Serie A on Sunday after overcoming an ankle damage, Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed.
Ronaldo labored individually from his team-mates on Wednesday after choosing up a knock in final weekend’s 1-Zero win over Bologna however did return to full coaching the next day.
Juve’s commanding 13-point lead over Napoli – their nearest challengers within the desk – prompted recommendations the Portuguese could possibly be rested from Sunday’s assembly as Allegri’s males look forward to a Champions League last-16 tie with Atletico Madrid in 10 days.
The Bianconeri path 2-Zero from the opening leg within the Spanish capital and can certainly want Ronaldo on the peak of his powers to have any hope of a turnaround, however Allegri dismissed the notion of resting his star man for the go to to Napoli.
“Ronaldo skilled with the crew and can play tomorrow,” Allegri informed a information convention on Saturday.
“Sami Khedira wants exams. We hope to get Douglas Costa again towards Atletico Madrid, however Juan Cuadrado remains to be a great distance off restoration.”
The loss in Madrid, in addition to Juve’s shock Coppa Italia elimination by the hands of Atalanta in late January, has seen the Serie A champions are available in for what Allegri believes is unwarranted criticism.
“I used to be upset by the response, as a result of individuals had created some expectations Juventus needed to go to Madrid and beat Atletico 3-0,” he stated.
“It is not an clever assumption, not one for individuals with their toes on the bottom.
“These are expectations based mostly on one thing that’s solely outdoors of actuality. We have been lacking 4 essential gamers. You possibly can lose one recreation and make up for it in Serie A over the subsequent 12 rounds, however within the Champions League you may lose as soon as and that is it, you are out.
“I perceive constructive criticism, however not when expectations are past actuality. It isn’t regular to win, it’s at all times extraordinary and should at all times be handled as such. When you do not, then that is not my drawback.
“Let’s not overlook in my tenure, Juventus misplaced 11 video games within the Champions League, together with ones towards Younger Boys and Sevilla the place we have been already certified, Manchester United in weird vogue, then Barcelona, Actual [Madrid] and Atletico. I’m not a fan of statistics, however that is a powerful statistic.
“I used to be offended with the way in which we misplaced to Atletico Madrid, however I used to be offended with myself, not with the critics. I’m the coach and set the instance, however I additionally should be accepted for who I’m.
“We must always concentrate on Napoli, a stadium full of individuals desperate to beat us. We should play with intelligence, sharpness, depth, clear heads and figuring out it is by no means over on the San Paolo.”