Cristiano Ronaldo News: Capello claims that "Ronaldo has not dribbled past an opponent for three years"
- Capello urged the Portuguese international to show some respect and act like a champion.
What’s the story?
The fixture between Juventus and AC Milan was headlined by Cristiano Ronaldo's substitution by Maurizio Sarri that left the former raging. He was substituted for a second game running and evidently, the Portuguese was furious about it.
Sharing his views on the incident, Fabio Capello criticised the striker and implied that the substitution was a right choice and Ronaldo should have taken it sportingly.
In case you didn’t know…
Ronaldo was brought off in the 55th minute of the game for Paulo Dybala who went on to score the winner for the Bianconeri. Citing the reasons Sarri said, it was only because the player took a knock in training and has been uncomfortable ever since.
The heart of the matter
Things between Sarri and Ronaldo could be turning sour after the former substituted the striker yet again. The 34-year-old before heading down the tunnel gave his manager some piece of his mind.
Talking about the incident, Capello criticised the striker as he said:
"The fact that he didn't sit on the bench and said bad words to Sarri is not a pretty picture."
"One must be a champion even when he is replaced, not only when things are going well. Right now, Dybala is in great shape."
"The truth is that Ronaldo has not dribbled past an opponent for three years. I remember it when he went past players and left them there. Now it doesn't happen anymore, while Douglas Costa and Dybala do it."
"If I had been in Sarri's place I would have reproached him in the changing room. I would have told him that he must have respect for his team-mates and if I take him off it is because I want to try to win the game."
The 73-year-old implied that Ronaldo should have taken the decision sportingly and shown some characteristics of a champion while coming off. Adding on, Capello said that Douglas Costa and Dybala can do things that the 34-year-old now is incapable of and that is why the change makes sense and if he were the manager he would have approached the striker for his actions.
It remains to be seen how Sarri handles the situation as Ronaldo is the face of Juventus and if he remains unhappy then there may be some troubles that await the Italian.
Also check out:Published 11 Nov 2019, 19:47 IST