Former Juventus manager has criticised Cristiano Ronaldo for his response after being substituted by Maurizio Sarri against Milan in the 55th minute of the game. He added that the Portuguese had lost his physical sharpness as he had failed to dribble past a direct opponent “for three years.”
After Ronaldo was replaced by Dybala, who scored the only goal of the game in 77th minute to give his team the win, the Portuguese went straight down the tunnel and reportedly left the stadium even before the full-time whistle. He had been substituted in the previous game as well.
Cristiano Ronaldo has now been substituted as many times this season (2) as he was throughout the entire 2018/19 campaign.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 10, 2019
Back-to-back withdrawals by Maurizio Sarri. 路♂️ pic.twitter.com/buA3aK5iBm
"I didn't like this, it wasn't nice," he said, as per Goal.
"He must be a champion even when he comes off the pitch. The truth is that Cristiano Ronaldo hasn't dribbled [past] an opponent for three years. I did the La Liga commentary when he usually took the double step and left you there.”
Fabio Capello: "Cristiano Ronaldo hasn't dribbled passed a player in 3 years"— Italian Football TV (@IFTVofficial) November 10, 2019
He then went on to add that Juventus have the likes of Dybala and Douglas Costa to help them score and praised Sarri for having the courage to take off a star player so early in the game.
"Inside him is a super-champion, the best of all, but now there is Dybala and Douglas Costa, who made two sensational goals. Dybala in excellent condition can make the difference, as can Douglas Costa.
"They win games without Ronaldo. Juve seemed dependent on him, instead the great squad and the quality of the players helps them win anyway. Bravo Sarri, who had the courage to take him off, it takes personality, especially thinking that all the players in the squad can play and make a difference,” concluded the Italian.