'I have no problem with Cristiano' - Sarri responds to Ronaldo's angry reaction following substitution
'I have no problem with Cristiano' - Sarri responds to Ronaldo's angry reaction following substitution
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'I have no problem with Cristiano' - Sarri responds to Ronaldo's angry reaction following substitution

Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has indicated he has no issues with starman Cristiano Ronaldo after he left the stadium minutes after he was substituted on Sunday evening. 

The Portuguese was withdrawn for Paulo Dybala in the second half and went straight into the changing rooms visibly angry. 

He is reported to have left the stadium before the final whistle, something that Sarri was uncertain of. 

The former Chelsea manager defended his talisman and went further to say they should thank him for making himself available for the match. 

"I have no problem with Cristiano, he should be thanked because he made himself available despite not being in the best condition.

"In the last month he has had discomfort in his knee and this is a little problem for him."

“The important thing is that he made himself available. If he gets angry when he comes out this is part of the game,” the Juventus coach added. 

“It’s only natural a player is going to be irritated about leaving the pitch, especially when he worked so hard to be there.

“All players who are trying to give their best will have at least five minutes of being annoyed when they are substituted, but a coach would, in general, be much more worried if he didn’t seem upset.”

This was the second successive match that the former Madrid man has been withdrawn, having gone off during their Champions League tie against Lokomotiv Moscow. 

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