Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala caught ‘moaning’ about Juventus midfielders
Juventus ’ star attacking duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala blamed their side’s midfielders for their 1-0 loss to Lyon in the Champions League.
A first-half goal from Lucas Tousart earned Lyon the win in the first leg of their last 16 tie, meaning Juventus will have to come from behind to progress to the quarter-finals.
They had no shots on target whatsoever in the match and Ronaldo and Dybala, who started the game as part of a front three with Juan Cuadrado, evidently believe that was down to Juventus’ midfield.
In a clip released by RMC Sport, the duo can be heard complaining at half-time, with Ronaldo saying: “We are left alone out there, the midfielders are giving us no support.”
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“Nobody is getting the ball,” Dybala can be heard saying in response.
“I know, not even the second balls, nothing,” agreed Ronaldo.
Juventus’ head coach Maurizio Sarri was irate with his side’s performance on the touchline and delivered a damning verdict on their display in his post-match interview.
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, Sarri said: “I cannot get the players to understand the importance of moving the ball quickly.
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“It's difficult to explain why, but our first half moved the ball too slowly, with no movement, so naturally the opposition were going to press, win the ball back and even score.
“We lacked determination and aggression when attacking, and for 15 minutes lacked it defensively too.
“The second half was better, but frankly it's not enough for a Champions League match.
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“I don't know why, I cannot get the players to understand the importance of moving the ball quickly.
“This is fundamental, we'll keep working on it and sooner or later this concept will get into their heads.
“I continued to tell them, and there were many who were doing it, moving the ball too slowly and therefore getting into the wrong positions.”
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