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UCL: Allegri Describes Ronaldo As Extraordinary, Unstoppable

TURIN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 16: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus FC celebrates after scoring the opening goal with his coach Massimiliano Allegri during the serie A match between Juventus and US Sassuolo at Allianz Stadium on September 16, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Ahead of Juventus crucial Champions League quarter-final second leg against Ajax, manager, Massimiliano Allegri has described his talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo as a player that can make much difference.

After playing a 1-1 draw against Ajax in Amsterdam, the Bianconeri will be hoping to wrap up matters at Turin and Allegri believes the extraordinary quality of Ronaldo can earn the club the semi-final ticket.

Ronaldo scored a hat trick against Atletico Madrid in Turin to send the Italian giants to the quarter-final before he scored a scripted header in their 1-1 draw against Ajax last week on Wednesday.

The Italian while speaking in his pre-match conference also urged his players to play with the same attitude they deployed against Atletico Madrid and win at all cost.

“Cristiano has extraordinary quality. In certain moments he becomes an unstoppable player and you can see it on his face.

“The result of the first leg doesn’t count for anything. It’s a one-off game and we need to play with the same attitude as we did against Atletico. We need to have a lot of respect for Ajax in defence and precise our movements.

On his player’s injury update, Allegri noted that Mario Mandzukic will not be available for the game.

“There was already a chance that Mario Mandzukic wouldn’t play tomorrow night. I still need to decide who starts in attack, it could be Paulo Dybala or Moise Kean or neither of them. If one of them plays, then one of Mattia de Sciglio and Cancelo will be left out. It depends on what I decide to go with tomorrow night.

Alex Sandro will play tomorrow. Spinazzola has done well but he needs to get used to these types of games, which take away a lot of your physical and mental energy.

“If Dybala plays then he will wear the captain’s armband, otherwise it will be Bonucci. Douglas Costa isn’t in perfect condition right now. Hopefully, in tomorrow’s final training, he can show me that he has at least 30 minutes in his legs because he can be decisive.

“If De Jong plays tomorrow night then we need to put pressure on him. But we need to win tomorrow and qualify for the next round regardless whether he plays or not. It will be a physical game. To counteract their play we need to be technically sound and we’ll have to play better than we did in the first game.”


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