Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri has explained his decision to rest Cristiano Ronaldo for the Old Lady's 2-0 victory over Brescia by stating that the 35-year-old forward "cannot play 75 games" a year.
Ronaldo was left out of the squad after scoring 10 goals in his previous six Serie A appearances to take his tally to 20 this season, but Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado found the net in his absence on Sunday.
And Sarri revealed why he chose to rest Ronaldo. As revealed by Football Italia, the Italian coach started by stating, "Ronaldo is a centre-forward who starts off-centre. Today Cristiano had to rest; he cannot play 75 games a year between the national team and the club, so we decided to let him recover."
He continued, "At this moment, we are playing more with a trident than a trequartista (attacking midfielder). That’s because Ramsey has made it clear he prefers to play in midfield rather than as a trequartista. Dybala prefers to be more advanced."
Ronaldo, meanwhile had scored in 10 straight Serie A matches before Sarri decided to rest him. But despite his great form, Juventus had just one win in their last four games across all competitions. That meant Sarri was taking a risk by resting the Portuguese legend on Sunday, but luckily for him, it paid off.