Cristiano Ronaldo EXCLUDED from Juventus roster due to their crunch Serie A clash against Atalanta in the race for Champions League qualifying due to a ‘flexor issue’
- Cristiano Ronaldo held on to the problem after last weekend’s 3-1 win over Genoa
- The 36-year-old is Serie A’s top scorer this season with no fewer than 25 goals
- Andrea Pirlo has confirmed that Paulo Dybala will start without Ronaldo
- Juve’s scoring battle is well documented without their star player
- Atalanta, Sunday’s hostess, is only one place and is fourth at Juventus
- Six clubs are chasing Champions League spots, with leader Inter Milan cruising
Andrea Pirlo has confirmed that Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Sunday’s crunch Serie A trip to Atalanta due to an injury.
The 36-year-old cherishes a bending problem that came up after the Old Lady’s 3-1 win over Genoa last weekend, placing them third, one point ahead of their next opponents in the battle for a top-four finish and Champions League football afterwards. season.
However, if they want to beat Gian Piero Gasperini’s men and take a big step towards European elite club competition, they’ll have to do without their star man, who is the division’s top scorer this season with 25 goals.
Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Sunday’s trip to Atalanta in the top four race with a flexor problem
Andrea Pirlo said Paulo Dybala will start the match in the absence of the Portuguese forward
“We have a significant absence,” Pirlo said during his pre-match conference.
Cristiano is not in the competition due to a problem with his flexor. It would be too risky for us to take him to Bergamo (where Atalanta is located). We hope he can recover on Wednesday (when Juve faces Parma).
Cristiano’s problem arose after the last game. He couldn’t ‘push’ the way he wanted during practice this week and we’d rather not risk it. The internationals did not help, he has been playing a lot lately.
“(Paulo) Dybala starts tomorrow.”
Pirlo’s side also misses winger Federico Bernardeschi after the Italian signed Covid-19.
Juventus’ reliance on Ronaldo this season is well documented, with the team missing out on Scudetto for the first time since 2011 as they are 12 points behind clear leader Inter Milan.
The 36-year-old is Serie A’s top scorer this season and has worn Pirlo’s men for a long time
After Ronaldo, the second highest goalscorer in the league among his teammates this season is Alvaro Morata with just eight.
Ronaldo is reportedly a target for Paris Saint-Germain as the French giants brace themselves for the possible departure of superstar striker Kylian Mbappé.
The top four race in Italy is starting to get absolutely fascinating. Inter could easily have won the title, with AC Milan neck-and-neck with their city rivals for large parts of the campaign, before losing the pace after six defeats in 17 league games since the turn of the year, including home and home games. losing way to Antonio Conte’s men.
Atalanta was only one point behind Juventus and could finish third at the end of the weekend’s action
Stefano Pioli’s attacks are now in danger of missing the top four as they sit at 63 points with 30 games played, with Juve and Atalanta at 62 and 61 points respectively.
Napoli will try to jump off every foul in the match between third and fourth … even though they happen to be facing Inter.
Lazio is sixth, six points behind Atalanta. However, Simone Inzaghi’s men have a game in hand.
Roma are just about in the Champions League hunt and are semi-finalists of the Europa League
Finally, Lazio’s intercity enemies and the Europa League semi-finalists Roma are still nearly in the hunt for 54 games, but can no longer afford dropped points.
It all promises to be an exciting end to a season with a lot of excitement and sensation.