Juventus boss reveals Ronaldo's state of mind ahead of crunch Champions League cracker against Porto

Juventus boss reveals Ronaldo's state of mind ahead of crunch Champions League cracker against Porto

- Andrea Pirlo has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo is 100 per cent ready for the clash against Porto

- The Juventus striker was rested and given a few minutes in their Serie A win over Lazio at the weekend

- The Biaconeri lost the first leg by 2-1 and need to score only a goal to overturn the game in Turin

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Cristiano Ronaldo is fired for the make or mar Champions League last 16 second leg clash against Lyon, according to Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo, Daily Mail.

The Italian gaffer put the Portuguese striker on the bench in the match against Lazio, allowing him just 21 minutes of action.

Pirlo made it clear that his intention to keep Ronald on the bench against Lazio was to make him recharge his batteries ahead of the important clash.

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Juventus boss reveals Ronaldo's state of mind ahead crunch Champions League cracker against Porto
Andrea Pirlo claims Ronaldo is fired up ahead of their crunch Champions League cracker against Porto. Photo by Jonathan Moscrop
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He was quoted by Daily Mail ahead of Tuesday's last-16 encounter in Turin:

"Cristiano Ronaldo is fine, these are his matches. He's fired up, he's been able to rest and can't wait."

Pirlo also revealed that Giorgio Chiellini and Matthijs de Ligt, Leonardo Bonucci and Arthur will all be available to face Porto in the crunch game

He added:

"We know very well that the pressure is on us, but we don't hide.
"We have what it takes to go through, but we don't underestimate our opponent. Porto are a very good and solid team, but we are Juventus and we have to think about qualifying.
"Tomorrow we can't make any mistakes and will have to manage the 90 minutes with our best concentration and energy."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Gianluigi Buffon has revealed that he will be hanging gloves in 2023 when he would have clocked 45, Daily Mail.

The legendary goalkeeper's contract with Turin giants Juventus will expire at the end of the current season and a new deal is not in sight yet.

The 43-year-old added that he still has plenty to give to the game despite his age and will finally draw the curtains in his career in two years time.

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