Manager Maurizio Sarri has explained why striker Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Juventus Serie A fixture against Atalanta.
Sarri explains that Ronaldo will miss Saturday's game at Atalanta because he wants the striker to recover fully and be fit.
“There is no need for clarification,” Sarri said in a pre-match press conference.
“I have been coming from the 90s and even amateurs had the same reactions to changes. Either I spent my life clarifying or I got used to the fact that the players should be left to boil.
“This is not a problem , the real problem is that in the first match against Portugal Cristiano had been better while in the second he had the same problems as in the last games, so we are trying to remove this ailment that is conditioning him, even mentally, trying to get him to train better.
"The goal has become the Champions League match with Atletico. It is running this program, but tomorrow it will not be available 99%.”
Despite the explanation, there are reports that the relationship between Sarri and Ronaldo has broken.