After “betraying” his boss, superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is threatened with an unpleasant deja vu. The five-time world footballer is after the 1: 2 (0: 1) with Juventus Turin in the first leg at FC Porto before the second knockout round in the Champions League in a row. Königstransfer CR7 should bring the “old lady” the long-awaited title.
“The Champions League dream threatens to turn into a nightmare. Coach Andrea Pirlo is betrayed by his star Ronaldo,” commented the Corriere dello Sport. The Gazzetta etched: “Ronaldo is tactically unrecognizable, is looking for complicated and confused solutions that confuse teammates and favor the humble Portuguese.” Tuttosport said critically: “There are no excuses for Ronaldo’s bad evening.”
Juventus missed the kick-off twice: Mehdi Taremi put Porto in the lead after 63 seconds. After the break, it was only 19 seconds before Moussa Marega increased. After Federico Chiesa’s late goal (82nd), Juventus scored 1-0 in the second leg on March 9 to advance.
Since Ronaldo (36) moved to Turin in 2018, the Bianconeri have not made it to the semi-finals. Last season was against Olympique Lyon in the first knockout round (0: 1/2: 1), before that in the quarter-finals against Ajax Amsterdam (1: 1/1: 2).
“Juve is playing the shabbiest match of the season, the game is slow and unimaginative, the team without personality. There is no concept,” commented the Corriere della Sera. To make matters worse, substitute striker Alvaro Morata passed out briefly after the game. According to Pirlo, he was suffering from the aftermath of the flu.