Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has suggested that Cristiano Ronaldo was not at his best in the opening 20 minutes of the Champions League Final, contending that the player was not conscious before bagging a brace of goals in his side's emphatic 4-1 victory over I Bianconeri.
Speaking in a news conference in the wake of the defeat, via directvsports.com, the Serie A champions' manager contended:
"Cristiano seems to be asleep, he does not do anything, and then he comes and he gives you two goals."
NO player has EVER scored more goals in UCL finals than Cristiano Ronaldo (4 goals). pic.twitter.com/UR2YM6JAUc— Real Madrid Stats (@RMadrid_Stats) 3 June 2017
Allegri's comments may well have some factual basis; as
The game was billed by many as Buffon vs. Ronaldo: the best keeper of his generation versus the four-time Ballon d'Or winning superstar. The latter certainly won the battle, in a game which saw Real Madrid blow away their opposition with scintillating attacking play and clinical finishing. Juventus were certainly wounded by the loss, which Allegri addressed further in his conference:
"All my players played a great first half, but after 1-2 we did not have the strength to continue in the match. We had to congratulate the opponent, we knew we were playing against a very strong team."
Allegri went on to discuss the future of the club, and suggested that his side are yet to reach their full potential:
"I do not think Juventus has reached the end of a cycle. Buffon will remain the goalkeeper next year, the same for Barzagli, who will be in the team for at least another year. We all need a rest, I include myself, but after our holidays we are ready to go back to work with a new impulse, a new motivation."