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Pirlo: What I Told Angry Ronaldo After Subbing Him

With two-goal hero Cristiano Ronaldo being visibly upset after being substituted by Andrea Pirlo on Tuesday night, the Juventus manager has since revealed what he told his superstar to calm him down.

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Ronaldo netted a first-half brace to help Juventus come from behind to beat Inter Milan 2-1 away from home in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final.

However, with less than 15 minutes to play, Pirlo decided to substitute the 35-year-old, who was not happy with his coach, visibly showing his displeasure at the time.

After the match, Pirlo explained his reasoning for the substitution, and revealed he told Ronaldo he needs to rest when possible with a lot of games still to come.

"It's normal that when you go out in a match like this, you want to play to help the team," the coach told Rai Sport.

"There is no contract clause that says he can't 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 criticism. He couldn't have done better than that.

"I said (to him) that he had to rest, we have an important match on Saturday. He has played many consecutive games, every now and then a little rest is good for him."

Ronaldo's brace ensured that he has now scored in each competition Juve are in this season, taking his overall tally to 22 strikes in 23 appearances across the board.

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