“Missing in action”: Criticism for Cristiano Ronaldo
The dream of a triple has been shattered, the reigning double winner Juventus Turin has been eliminated from Coppa Italia by a deserved 3-0 win over Atalanta Bergamo in the quarter-finals. Criticism came from coach Massimiliano Allegri, who is sharpening the senses before the near future. Meanwhile Cristiano Ronaldo appeared in the media.
After the surprising cup out of Juventus Turin, Italy’s first clear criticism of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, the expensive and so far always celebrated summer newcomer, becomes loud. “Missing in action. Where has Ronaldo gone,” the newspaper La Stampa asked after the 3-0 (2-0) quarter-final win at Atalanta Bergamo over the 2016 European Champion, who has already scored 15 goals in 21 Serie A games to date.
The distant dream of the triple has burst early for the sovereign Serie A leader and Champions League eighth-finalist. “Smashed Super Atalanta. The darkest night of the duo Allegri/Ronaldo”, commented the “Gazzetta dello Sport” after the first defeat in Juventus’s 23rd compulsory match in national competitions this season (21 times league, twice Coppa Italia).
Coach Massimiliano Allegri was even banished to the stands after an outburst of rage in the first half. His comment: “It was right to send me off the pitch. I lost my temper and the referee was impeccable.” The German international Sami Khedira, who played again after a knee bruise, was also criticised. “He is a shadow of himself”, wrote “La Repubblica”.
“No Playstation Game”
Juve, too, is a “human” team, coach Max Allegri tried to explain afterwards. After all, even the strongest team in the world cannot always win all games. “It was in the air.”
But Allegri also knows that the senses must be sharpened with Champions League and plenty of Serie A action before the many weeks to come in England. In the league, the sovereign league leader (59 points, no defeat, eleven points ahead of Napoli) will play the home game against Parma on Saturday (20:30).