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Sarri: Why Ronaldo Didn't Play

Following Juventus' disappointing draw with Lecce on the weekend, manager Maurizio Sarri explained why superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was not involved in the game and did not even make the trip for the match.

Click through the gallery above to see some pictures from Juve's away draw with Lecce.

Argentine duo Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain started up front for the Bianconeri in the fixture, with the former opening the scoring from the penalty spot after 50 minutes.

However, his goal was cancelled out by Lecce's Marco Mancosu just six minutes later, in a team performance the home crowd would have been exceptionally proud of.

Many pointed to Ronaldo's exclusion from the squad as perhaps one of the reasons for Juve's slip-up, but Sarri insisted that resting the 34-year-old Portugal international was the right thing to do.

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"Ronaldo was tired both physically and mentally, so it would not have helped to make this journey," he said, according to Sport24.

"When a player expresses his fatigue, it was only right to give him a rest.

"Even without him we created 10 chances on goal, but weren't able to finish them off. We let ourselves be drawn into a dirty game."

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Fortunately for the Old Lady, their 1-1 draw did not cost them the top spot in the Serie A table as Inter Milan also dropped points on the weekend.

Do you think Juve would still have drawn against Lecce had Ronaldo played? Let us know in the comments section below.


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