Cristiano gets angry about the change and Pirlo sends him a message

The Italian coach highlighted his need for rest at a press conference. The Portuguese did not like the change against Inter.


All the matches completed in the League since December 22 (seven), the Super Cup final, half an hour to the rescue against Genoa in the Cup and 77 minutes before Inter. This is Cristiano Ronaldo's mileage in the last month. A remarkable load of minutes and games that he is able to endure and continue, but that Pirlo wants to reduce, although he does not seem to have the approval of the forward.

This Tuesday, Inter and Juventus met in the first leg of the Italian Cup semifinals. Lautaro opened the scoring for the Nerazzurri but Cristiano, from a penalty in the 26th minute and taking advantage of a tremendous mess between Handanovic and Bastoni shortly after, turned the game around.

The Portuguese, who accumulates matches and matches that only missed out on playing in the Cup against SPAL, was one of those chosen to come out of the green in the second half after he himself put the match on track. Thus, in 76, his 7 appeared in red next to Álvaro Morata's green 9 on the fourth official's poster. The one from Madeira, always ambitious, did not look too fond of the decision and once in the band, he let Andrea Pirlo know.

At a press conference, the former Juventine regista justified his decision. "I have realized that Cristiano was not happy with the change, but resting was the best decision. We have an important game in Serie A (against Roma on Saturday) and he needs to rest, even for a minute," said the coach. A need that Cristiano was not aware of or, even knowing it, he did not quite like it.

The top scorer in world football was not going through his best scoring streak this January and critics were already pointing. This double against Inter is the fourth game in which he scores in 2021 after a month of January where he scored against Udinese, Sassuolo and Napoli but was left to zero against Milan, Inter (in the League), Bologna, Sampdoria or Genoa .

January ended with four goals, but at a good level of play and with excellent passes that Pirlo defended in the press room. This Tuesday, and after Cristiano's anger, he also celebrated his return to the goal path. "He gave the best response to criticism," he said.

The one from Madeira is, right now, at a goalscoring average similar to his best records in Madrid. Despite this bad run, he has scored 22 goals in 23 games, an average of 0.95 goals per game.

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