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Sarri says no rift with Ronaldo at Juventus

Sarri says no rift with Ronaldo at Juventus

Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has reiterated that there is no rift between him and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo after substituting the striker in two games in a row.

Ronaldo had first played 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.

"My relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo is good,' he said in a pre-match press conference to 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.

In the last of the two occasions, Ronaldo walked straight down the tunnel and leaving the stadium before the game had finished.