Pirlo: There’s no contract clause that stops me from subbing Ronaldo off

Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo spoke to Rai Sport microphones after his team’s 1-2 win against Inter.

“This is just the first round, we won it, but nothing is done yet. We await the return leg.”

“The lads were convinced they were winning this match, those who play or not don’t affect us.”

“We have a squad full of champions, whether Bonucci or Demiral plays, that shouldn’t affect us.”

“We faced Inter with the right attitude, we went down but there was a good reaction from the team, I congratulate them.”

“The previous loss was a wrong step, it wasn’t us and it served as a lesson.”

“We regrouped, worked on the mistakes we did, and the victories came.”

“We know that if you concentrate, with this attitude, you make it hard for everyone.”.

Ronaldo wasn’t happy for being subbed off?

“It’s normal that when you go out in a match like this you want to play to help the team.”

“There is no contract clause according to which he cannot be subbed off.”

“He knows he is a fundamental player for us, but to get his breath back, he must always be at the top.”

“He proved it with his performances after some criticisms, he couldn’t have done better than that.”

What did we say? “I said that he had to rest, we have an important match on Saturday. He is playing many consecutive games, every now and then a little rest is good for him.”

Turnover?

“We have a large squad, I have no problem letting one or the other play. I decide who plays based on form, and today everyone was up to the challenge.”

Was winning the SuperCoppa the turning point?

“Yes, that was the fundamental match.”

“Seeing a cup to raise gave us great strength, especially after the bad defeat three days earlier at San Siro. It made us understand that we are still strong, that we can still compete.”

“And from there we started again.”

The schedule?

“A difficult cycle started in September, we have always played every 3 days.”

“In February there will be important games, at the top, the Champions League, etc..”

“Let’s take them one game at a time and then we’ll see where we will be.”

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