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Cristiano Ronaldo Receives Purple Card in Champions League Debut for Juventus – Bleacher Report

Posted in Trending Topics on 19th September 2018
Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (C) cries after receiving a red card during the UEFA Champions League group H football match between Valencia CF and Juventus FC at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on September 19, 2018. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s UEFA Champions League debut with Juventus got here to an abrupt finish when the prolific ahead was despatched off within the 29th minute of the Bianconeri’s Group H match in opposition to Valencia on the Mestalla on Wednesday.

Ronaldo was proven a straight pink card by referee Felix Brych for violent conduct after a tangle with Valencia centre-back Jeison Murillo within the field. Juve’s club-record signing left the pitch visibly upset.

The incident marked an undesirable first for a participant who has historically owned this event:

Ronaldo’s dismissal resulted in some having enjoyable on the five-time Champions League winner’s expense:

Nonetheless, not all people was impressed with the choice:

One factor past dispute was how snug Juve appeared with Ronaldo on the pitch. The Bianconeri had pushed the hosts again and have been posing a constant risk.

Juve have been already hampered by midfielder Sami Khedira needing to be withdrawn. But supervisor Massimiliano Allegri will really feel there may be some justice after Miralem Pjanic put the guests into the lead from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage time.

Allegri’s squad is deep, skilled and pragmatic sufficient to win with out Ronaldo, however the former Actual Madrid man was purported to make the distinction between progress and truly profitable this event.

A suspension means Ronaldo may miss subsequent group video games in opposition to Younger Boys, in addition to a double-header in opposition to previous membership Manchester United.

Lacking these matches will additional stall what has been a comparatively gradual begin to life in Turin for Ronaldo. The powerhouse No. 7 has scored twice in 4 Serie A matches to this point.

Casemiro Says Actual Madrid Missed Cristiano Ronaldo in Tremendous Cup Loss to Atletico – Bleacher Report

Posted in Trending Topics on 16th August 2018
CASTELLON, SPAIN - MAY 19: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates 0-2 with Casemiro of Real Madrid during the La Liga Santander match between Villarreal v Real Madrid at the Estadio de la Ceramica on May 19, 2018 in Castellon Spain (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)

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Actual Madrid midfielder Casemiro has mentioned the crew missed the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo of their UEFA Tremendous Cup loss on Wednesday.

The UEFA Champions League winners have been crushed Four-2 after additional time by metropolis rivals Atletico Madrid.

Whereas Actual’s essential points within the match did look like defensive, Casemiro conceded Ronaldo, who moved to Juventus this summer time, was a big absence, per Marca (h/t Soccer Espana).

“In fact, we missed Cristiano Ronaldo, that is pure,” mentioned the Brazilian. “We can not cover from the actual fact we missed him, any crew on the earth would miss a participant of his high quality when he leaves. However it is a state of affairs that’s up to now and our squad will not be higher nor worse due to it. New signings? That’s not a choice that’s as much as me.”

Whereas two of Madrid’s different senior figures—Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos—scored key targets within the contest, it would not have been a shock if these within the all-white jerseys have been searching for Ronaldo throughout the recreation, as he is a determine steeped in Los Blancos’ historical past.

In his 9 years on the membership, Ronaldo received the Champions League 4 occasions, grew to become Madrid’s all-time high goalscorer and was famend for his big-game pedigree. 

This picture summed up how the Juventus man could have been feeling watching the competition:

There have been occasions when Madrid’s assault did operate properly towards Atletico. Benzema supplied a focus, whereas Marco Asensio and Isco buzzed between the traces in assist. Gareth Bale at all times appeared able to producing one thing particular, as he pulled off a superb cross for Actual’s opening aim.

General, it wasn’t the ultimate third the place Actual toiled most. The crew lacked management in midfield, with Luka Modric solely able to be on the bench. The again 4 all appeared jaded, too.

Raphael Varane, who was imperious for France on the 2018 FIFA World Cup, was uncharacteristically poor, whereas Ramos wasn’t at his commanding finest alongside him. 

Per Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC, Ronaldo had pedigree in these high-stakes matches, and there seems to be various holes within the European champions’ squad in the mean time:

Regardless of this loss, Lopetegui would have seen some constructive indicators from his gamers and can be hopeful the crew will enhance within the weeks to come back, beginning on Sunday towards Getafe in La Liga.

The whole again 4 featured within the knockout phases of the World Cup, and as such, they could take a while to stand up to hurry. Thibaut Courtois can also be a shrewd signing between the sticks; many would argue Keylor Navas ought to have achieved extra to stop Diego Costa’s early opener within the conflict on Wednesday.

Bale seems able to be the chief of the assault within the last third, health allowing. However the absence of Ronaldo’s predatory instincts in tight video games and the worry that put into opponents can be missed by Madrid.

No matter any enterprise they do earlier than the La Liga summer time switch deadline on August 31, that trait can be unimaginable to interchange.