After the win over Luxembourg, which allowed Portugal to punch their ticket to Euro 2020, Cristiano Ronaldo put a bow to the controversy surrounding him recently in an interview with A Bola: “I have been limited by an injury in the past three weeks. There was not any polemic on my part, but it is true that I do not like to sub off. I have tried to help Juventus playing through it and was taken out in the last two matches. Nobody likes that, but I understand because I was not 100 percent.”
“I always sacrifice myself when it is needed because there is a lot on the line. Inter are putting pressure on us in the League, we knew that we could have dropped to second place if we failed to win. As far as Portugal was concerned, instead, we had to prevail in these last to fixture in other to qualify to the European Champions, otherwise we would have been eliminated.”
“Luckily I have never had big injuries throughout my career, I play 50 or 60 games per here so there can be some hiccups. The one that I am going through right now does not allow me to give my best. You know I do not talk to the press a lot, but you always have to stir some controversy between me and the coach. Both Juventus and Portugal were successful, now I can focus on returning in peak condition as soon as possible.”
Miralem Pjanic subbed off in the game against Italy and already headed back to Turin for some tests on a sore adductor, which turned back negative, so he will be evaluated throughout the week to determine his availability against Atalanta on Saturday, but he avoided a serious problem. Alex Sandro picked up a thigh ailment as well during his time with Brazil, but he will stay with the national team for now, even though he will not take part to the upcoming friendly against South Korea, and will be fully assessed on Wednesday.
Leonardo Bonucci returned on the impact of the early major injured suffered by Giorgio Chiellini: “It was important since it lighted a fire inside of me. My goal was to be better than in the last two season, since I was aware that I was not at my best in some tough situations. I am 32 but I have some room for improvement. I need to stay fit. I see Giorgio everyday in Turin, he will surprise everybody when he will come back.”
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