Sarri Applauds Ronaldo’s Commitment As The Player Keeps Improving After The Lockdown

Cristiano Ronaldo was in good shape on Friday with his Manager firmly believes that the more games he gets, the better he will get.

According to Juve boss Maurizio Sarri, who believes that the Juventus superstar will improve the more as he plays after the break caused by the corona virus pandemic.

Ronaldo converted a penalty when Serie A leaders Juventus won 4-0 against 10-man Lecce in Turin on Friday. The defending champions  has opened a seven-point advantage over Scudetto challengers Lazio.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has scored 23 Serie A goals this season, although Ronaldo has made headlines since the restart of the 2019-2020 season earlier this month after the Covid 19 crisis due to his lack of form. 

When quizzed about Ronaldo post-match, Sarri told reporters: "Cristiano now can play with a good fit. He needs to improve after the break and he is doing so match after match. "He needs to play a lot. In the future we will find the way to preserve him across matches or for some matches. "He is great in listening to himself and he will realize when he will need to stop and rest. But now I think he fits quite well.

The Turin giants overtook Lecce after a 45-minute scoreless opening during which Fabio Lucioni was sent off from the field as the likes of Paulo Dybala, Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Matthijs de Ligt were on target in the second half. Ronaldo assisted Dybala to net a brilliant 53rd minute opener before doubling the lead from the penalty spot nine minutes later.

The former Real Madrid striker was again influential in the 83rd minute for substitute Higuain, with De Ligt completed the rout in five minutes from the end of the game.

Following Higuain's doubts and criticism, Sarri said: "He is very important to us. He is powerful, one of the strongest center-forwards in the world right now. He can be decisive for us at the end of the season. "He had a difficult time on a personal and global level, because the coronavirus emergency hit him a lot and left a mark on him. "He has returned, had a minor injury and is now getting back into shape. I am happy that he scored immediately, he is a player who will give us a lot in this season finale."

Sarri also stressed that he was not worried about the future of Miralem Pjanic, who has been strongly linked with a move to Spain with Barcelona at the end of the season.

Juventus are the leaders in 28 games and will travel to relegation-threatened Genoa on Tuesday.