Juve coach Allegri will not shy away from rotating Ronaldo

Sheila Mcguire
August 26, 2018

"I'm happy with the performance, it was our first head-to-head with one of the other big clubs and it went well".

In their opening match last week, Lazio lost to Napoli 2-1. "If anything, we need to be more alert for the rebounds".

The Juventus Stadium was rife with anticipation prior to kick-off with this their first opportunity to see Ronaldo in action in Turin since he stunned the Italian giants with a staggering overhead kick in last season's Champions League.

"It was a different game to Chievo, but above all at the start we were a little hasty".

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Max Allegri's side finally got off their mark with a superb strike from Miralem Pjanic who swung his right-foot from a headed assist from Blaise Matuidi into the left-hand corner to make it 1-0.

World Cup victor Blaise Matuidi set up Ronaldo for the champions' first chance after 19 minutes but it was Germany worldwide Sami Khedira who rattled the woodwork with Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha diving to clear a Bernardeschi angled drive.

The closest Ronaldo came to breaking his duck was with a vicious dipping effort on the turn in the 71st minute which was brilliantly turned over the bar by the Albanian goalkeeper.

"There will be times when [Ronaldo] is on the bench and then just plays half an hour", Allegri said, quoted by ESPN.

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The former Sky Sports presenter appeared to suggest that Ronaldo's lack of goals in Italy conveys that it is easier to score in La Liga. Juventus is another culture. Ronaldo understands that and he is settling in very well.

In Saturday's second Serie A game, Ancelotti got his first home win as Napoli coach as the southerners fought back from two goals down to edge AC Milan. "I dedicate the goal to the fans, my team-mates and the club".

AC Milan stunned the San Paolo when Giacomo Bonaventura's unorthodox volley put them ahead in the 15th minute and Davide Calabria drove in the second from Suso's clever layoff four minutes after halftime.

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