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Sport Ronaldo is aware of when it is time to rest, says Pirlo

03:05  21 september  2020
03:05  21 september  2020 Source:   goal.com

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Juventus head coach Andrea Pirlo is aware of the importance of keeping Cristiano Ronaldo fresh and says the superstar forward will decide which games he sits out. The Portugal international scored late on in Juve's 3-0 victory over Sampdoria at the Allianz Stadium on Sunday as Pirlo 's managerial reign

Juventus head coach Andrea Pirlo is aware of the importance of keeping Cristiano Ronaldo fresh and says the superstar forward will decide which games he sits out. “He’s a very intelligent lad who knows his body very well, so he is aware of when it ’s time to rest or step it up.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Andrea Pirlo and Cristiano Ronaldo after Juventus' win over Sampdoria © Juventus FC Andrea Pirlo and Cristiano Ronaldo after Juventus' win over Sampdoria

Juventus head coach Andrea Pirlo is aware of the importance of keeping Cristiano Ronaldo fresh and says the superstar forward will decide which games he sits out.

The Portugal international scored late on in Juve's 3-0 victory over Sampdoria at the Allianz Stadium on Sunday as Pirlo's managerial reign got off to a winning start.

He had earlier hit the crossbar and came close from a couple of his other nine efforts prior to finally finding a way past Emil Audero in the 88th minute.

Andrea Pirlo reveals he will REST Cristiano Ronaldo this season

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However, new boss Pirlo admitted that the pair had already discussed managing the star's game time this “We are thinking about [how to use Ronaldo ] and talked it over," said the Italian World Cup "He’s a very intelligent lad who knows his body very well, so he is aware of when it ’s time to rest or

"We are thinking about [how to use Ronaldo ] and talked it over," Pirlo said to Sky Sport Italia post-match. "He’s not tired yet, as we just started, but when we come up to less important "He’s a very intelligent guy who knows his body very well, so he is aware of when it ’s time to rest or to step it up.

And with the five-time Ballon d'Or winner having recently picked up a toe injury on international duty, Pirlo is keen to closely manage his star player's fitness.

"We are thinking about it and we have talked about it together," he told Sky Sport Italia. "He is not tired at the moment because we have just started the season. But when we come up to less important games, we'll try to give him a rest.

"He's a very intelligent lad who knows his body very well, so he is aware of when it's time to rest or step it up. When he will play depends on him."

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Juventus manager, Andrea Pirlo , has admitted that forward, Cristiano Ronaldo will be rested this season as the 35-year-old helped his team to beat Sampdoria in their first Serie A fixture “He’s a very intelligent guy who knows his body very well, so he is aware of when it is time to rest or to step it up.

Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo has admitted Cristiano Ronaldo will be rested this season as the The Old Lady boss says he will try to conserve the energy of his star player after starting their title "He’s a very intelligent guy who knows his body very well, so he is aware of when it ’s time to rest or to step

"We'll give it our best. It's about finding the right balance," he said. "Quality players are always welcome, as long as they have the characteristics to bring balance to the team. But we want to use as much of our talent as possible."

Debutant midfielder Dejan Kulusevski netted the first goal of Pirlo's tenure and Leonardo Bonucci was also on target in Turin prior to Ronaldo's clinical finish late on.

Weston McKennie is another who impressed on his first appearance since joining, while Gianluca Frabotta – a surprise starter at left wing-back – also caught the eye.

"Frabotta had a good game. Alex Sandro picked up an injury, so I chose the under-23 lad who is training with us very well," Pirlo said. "I didn't consider it a risk at all to use him.

"McKennie arrived having started pre-season training in Germany, so was in better shape than some others. He made a few errors in his passing, but it was the first game, we can forgive him for that."

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Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo has admitted Cristiano Ronaldo will be rested this season as the The Old Lady boss says he will try to conserve the energy of his star player after starting their title "He’s a very intelligent guy who knows his body very well, so he is aware of when it ’s time to rest or to step

Pirlo has said he plans to rest Ronaldo this seasonCredit: Getty Images - Getty. "He's a very intelligent lad who knows his body very well, so he is aware of when it 's time to rest or to step it up." Ronaldo , who turns 36 this year, features in nearly all competitive matches for club and country, so it

Pirlo has worked under some of the game's most influential coaches but vowed to do things his own way in his first managerial job.

"It will take time to get all the various ways of playing together. I don't want to just copy and paste anyone's ideas," he said. "I have my own ideas and want to adapt from the teams that inspired me.

"We haven't had much time, as the pre-season started late and then they were away for international duty. We had only one friendly too, but it was a good debut and we'll keep working on it."


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