Critics are raining down on Juventus and their star player.
Cristiano Ronaldo could have saved the Juventus of a defeat, Wednesday night. Alerted in the area in the 94th minute of the game, the five-time Ballon d’Or was mown down by Zaidu Sanusi, but the referees never offered a penalty to the Bianconeri. The Italian champions are thus “content” with a 2-1 defeat in the den of Porto, in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League.
At the same time, after conceding a goal in the first minute of play, Andrea Pirlo’s men were unable to be dangerous against the well-grouped Dragons. “CR7”, accompanied in front by Dejan Kulusevski (then Alvaro Morata), did not have good balls to negotiate in front of the opposing goal, without ever creating hot situations himself.
😡 Huge anger of Ronaldo, controversy after a penalty not whistled during #FCPJUV https://t.co/mE6i9PCbKX
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“He doesn’t live for the game”
For Antonio Cassano, it is the very presence of the 36-year-old Portuguese who derails his team’s game plan. “Even though he’s a phenomenon and has scored billions of goals, I’ve always said it would be difficult with Andrea Pirlo’s football. He scores one goal per game, it’s true, but has trouble with Andrea’s ideas, ”said the former striker during a debriefing on Christian Vieri’s YouTube channel, while the basic idea de Pirlo is to make the difference in placed attack.
Cassano hit the nail on the head about Ronaldo by pointing out his individualism: “He’s always been a little selfish, he wants to score, he doesn’t care about other things. He’s the kind of player who lives to score. He doesn’t live for the game, he lives for the goal and, at the moment, it’s getting worse and worse ”. In 27 matches in all competitions this season, the former star player of real Madrid is at 23 goals and 3 assists. This does not prevent Juventus from being currently 4th in Serie A.
Juve puts themselves in danger
Porto-Juventus (2-1), the film of the match