Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri feels former Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo will break his Champions League scoring drought against Premier League giants Manchester United on Wednesday, when both the team face each other.
So far, Cristiano has scored seven goals for Italian champions. However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is yet to open his account for Juve in a European competition.
Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off against Valencia in Juventus’ first group match and was suspended for the next game against young boys. Ronaldo made his return in Champions League at Old Trafford. However, he was not able to score against his former club. It is also noteworthy that Juventus has won all the three-matches in group stage with CR7 scoring in all.
Massimiliano Allegri, however, believes that the Portugal ace will find the net against Jose Mourinho’s outfit on Wednesday.
“He will score [on Wednesday],” Allegri said, before adding, “He didn’t play the first match, he didn’t play the second, he played only one match. And he provided an assist.”
Allegri further said, “I mean, it’s not like he played many Champions League matches so far.”
Speaking about Juventus’ team selection against Man United, Allegri said, “[Mario] Mandzukic’s ankle is ok and he’s available. I didn’t name him as a sub at the weekend [against Cagliari] because he would have had to climb up the steps… He’s an extremely important player for us,” before adding, “The players who aren’t available are [Federico] Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa and [Moise] Kean, as well as Emre Can, who we hope to have back with us as soon as possible.”
“We might go with [Juan] Cuadrado, [Paulo] Dybala and [Cristiano] Ronaldo tomorrow, but I still have to make a decision on that. I also have to think about whether to rest any players like [Blaise] Matuidi, since [Sami] Khedira is in good shape and [Rodrigo] Bentancur is young and recovers quickly,” Massimiliano Allegri concluded.