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Andrea Pirlo hints at Ronaldo being removed from duties in wall following latest ‘ducking’ accusation

Andrea Pirlo hints at Ronaldo being removed from duties in wall following latest ‘ducking’ accusation


Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo has spoken out, amid fresh criticism aimed in the direction of star man Cristiano Ronaldo.

Sandro at the double

Juve were of course back in action on Wednesday night.

The Bianconeri, fresh off the back of another damaging defeat at the hands of Atalanta, welcomed Parma to the Allianz Stadium, aware that nothing but all three points would suffice.

And, when the 90 minutes were said and done, secure a bounce-back victory is precisely what Pirlo and co. managed.

Alex Sandro proved the surprise star of the show, bagging a brace either side of the interval to cancel out Gaston Brugman’s early strike:

Fellow Old Lady stopper Matthijs de Ligt then stepped up from the back to nod home the hosts’ 3rd a little over twenty minutes from time, killing off any remaining hope on the part of a game Parma side:

‘These things happen’

As outlined above, though, whilst Juventus, in the end, got the job done on Wednesday, their third win in four actually only came after the Turin giants fell behind early on.

The goal in question came in spectacular fashion, when Brugman lashed home a free-kick from 25 yards:

Upon replays of the Parma midfielder’s effort being broadcast, however, it quickly became evident that the ball had only made its way over the Juve wall due to one Bianconeri star’s failure to jump.

The player in question? Cristiano Ronaldo.

This is not the first time that the Portuguese superstar has been accused of ducking his responsibilities as part of a Juventus wall of late, after Ronaldo turned his back on the Sergio Oliveria free-kick which eventually resulted in the Italian champions being sent packing from the Champions League by Porto.

In turn, speaking during his post-match press conference last night, Andrea Pirlo was unsurprisingly drawn on the subject of his star man’s defensive duties.

And the Italian, after first simply assuring that ‘these things happen’, went on to hint that he may soon be forced to remove Ronaldo from his position in Juve’s wall:

‘Unfortunately these things happen, we will evaluate what to do in the next matches and whether to put him in the wall.’


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This article was edited by Robert Fosterman.