Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said it was his decision to leave Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench at the start of the 2-2 draw in Adeni, not the player’s choice, as Italian media reported on Sunday.
Sky Italy said Ronaldo had asked to be on the bench for Joe’s Serie A opener in Uden to maintain his fitness because he felt it was safe to leave the club.
The Portuguese forward came off the bench in the 60th minute and snatched the dramatic stoppage time winner, only the header of his goal was removed from the offside after a long VAR review.
“Ronaldo is feeling well. I talked to him before the game, told him he would start on the bench,” Allegri told DAZN. “He made himself available, he did well when he entered the field.”
Joوo saw Allegri’s first match mark the victory of the Turin side in charge, as Paulo Debala and Juan Codrado’s early goals put them in control of Aden.
But two errors by goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, the second especially clearly when he gave the ball inadvertently, let the hosts go back, as Roberto Priya’s penalty and Gerard Delofu’s goal gave Adeni a point.
“We played well,” Allegri added.
“We should have done better in the second half, where we were unable to handle the unforeseen events. It will serve as a lesson for us.
“We lost a lot of balls in the middle of the park in the second half. Maybe we were a little tired.
Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person. We defended well before that, we didn’t shoot at the target.