Juventus, unbeaten Italian League leader and striker Paulo Dybala Cordob as starter, go on Wednesday from 11 to a new ninth consecutive win when he faces Atalanta as a visitor to the 18th Serie A. What most impresses in this meeting is that, for the first time so far in the national championship, Cristiano Ronaldo has not played since the beginning and is on the bench.
This surprising decision was communicated by the technical director of Vecchia Signora, Massimiliano Allegri, who took advantage of the Italian "boxing day" (the day of Serie A that was marked shortly after Christmas) so that the Portuguese slot, undeniable so far you can make a pause. "Ronaldo being on the bench tomorrow for the first time, watching the match with me, I'm very happy with what he's doing", highlight the DT.
"I think this year has been his best start to the goals and numbers but we want him to reach the top in March when the decisive phase of the Champions League comes into play. It has to be as decisive as in recent years. " ", continued the 51-year-old coach in an interview with Sky Sports. What happens is that Allegri wants the former Real Madrid star to be at his best when facing Atletico Madrid for the last 16 of the continental competition.
"Ronaldo will miss one of the next games, against Roma, Atalanta or Sampdoria, I already talked to him and decided to stay out of one of those three challenges," said the Juventus coach. of this form he "copies" Zinedine Zidane the same method he applied with Cristiano in Merengue and that made him reach his physical limit in the latter part of the season.
In addition, Allegri also praised the excellent discipline of his team figure: "He is an example for who wants to be a football player, he has increased the level of professionalism that has always been at Juventus, he is an extraordinary player, a humble man who entered very well in the group and that gives great competitiveness in each training ".