The Bianconeri head coach admits that he has a decision to make on the Portuguese after seeing him fail to perform blocking duties
Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo admits that he has a decision to make on Cristiano Ronaldo’s ongoing presence in defensive walls after seeing the Portuguese spark another ducking storm.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored 97 goals for Juve since joining from Real Madrid, while his presence is often needed in defensive walls, given his height and frame.
The 36-year-old has, however, faced criticism of late for an apparent reluctance to commit fully to blocking dangerous free-kicks, with Porto firing beyond him to claim a notable Champions League scalp and Parma drilling over Ronaldo’s head in a Serie A outing on Wednesday.
Juve hit back to claim a 3-1 win over Parma, with Alex Sandro stepping up as an unlikely hero as he bagged two goals, but much of the post-match discussion focused on Ronaldo.
Pirlo was quizzed by Sky Sport Italia on whether he will need to remove a superstar performer from wall duty after seeing him duck under an effort from Gaston Brugman.
The Bianconeri boss said: “Unfortunately these things happen, we will evaluate what to do in the next matches and whether to put him in the wall.”