Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

LaLiga Would Have Been Tougher For Barcelona If Ronaldo Stayed, Says Semedo

LaLiga Would Have Been Tougher For Barcelona If Ronaldo Stayed, Says Semedo

It gives Allegri the freedom to rotate his squad for league action so that they can prioritise the Champions League.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, scored a hat-trick to lead Juve past Atletico Madrid and into the Champions League quarter-finals.

Juventus had trailed 2-0 from the first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano but the Portuguese had other ideas about exiting the competition early.

Following his midweek heroics, Ronaldo is to be rested for Sunday's trip to Genoa as Juventus aim to take another step towards retaining their Serie A title. There's no point people saying Ajax are no match for Juventus, because they knocked out Real Madrid, have a lot of talent and are particularly tough to play against on home turf. "Right now it would be too risky to play him", Allegri said. "We spoke to each other and he shared my idea about his management in the next matches until the Champions League", Allegri said, before also revealing Blaise Matuidi and Giorgio Chiellini may also be given a break this weekend.

After scoring one of the goals, however, Ronaldo went on to copy Diego Simeone's infamous "cojones" celebration in an attempt to mock the Argentine.

Allegri said he does not expect to see his star hit with a ban for his antics: "Ronaldo disqualified?"

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"Yes, it is a decisive match, but we can not take a chance to lose a substitution", the coach added.

UEFA had stipulated that if both Manchester sides were drawn to host the same leg of their respective matchups that the one who finished lower in the league table last season would host the first one, due to security reasons.

While reports suggest that UEFA won't investigate the incident involving Ronaldo, they might be forced to do so by Atletico Madrid. It was an exciting evening and a sign we needed to learn nothing can be taken for granted.

"Lyon will come here with their weapons, they've got a very strong attack - very quick, powerful players up front and I'm sure they'll try to exploit that".

"They will be different games in respect to Atletico". You have to focus on what to do.

Although many had written Juve off after their 2-0 defeat to Los Rojiblancos in the first leg, Ronaldo seemingly always believed they would progress to the next round.

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