Pirlo: Cristiano Ronaldo ‘fired up’ ahead of Juventus vs Porto

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Pirlo: Cristiano Ronaldo ‘fired up’ ahead of Juventus vs Porto

Juventus vs FC Porto

Juventus are back in European action on Tuesday evening.

The Bianconeri are set to play host to FC Porto in the second of two Champions League Round of 16 ties.

Juventus, despite being viewed as clear favourites to progress, actually lost the reverse fixture 2-1 last month.

But, due to away goals, Juve of course now only need to secure a 1-0 victory at the Allianz Stadium to ensure their spot in the quarter-finals.

Pirlo on Ronaldo & Juventus’ injuries

The Serie A champions, in turn, will no doubt be expecting their star man and Champions League expert, Cristiano Ronaldo, to step up to the plate on Tuesday.

And, ahead of the clash, Andrea Pirlo has today opened up on the Portuguese hitman’s current mindset, insisting that Ronaldo is ‘fired up’ and ‘can’t wait’ for the tie:

“Cristiano Ronaldo is fine, these are his matches. He’s fired up, he’s been able to rest and can’t wait.”

The Italian also provided a number of injury updates on his squad:

“[Giorgio] Chiellini trained with the group today, he feels good and I think he can be available for tomorrow’s game.

“[Matthijs] De Ligt has worked with the group today just in terms of warm-up, then he did an individual training session.

Pirlo added:

“Arthur is not at 100% but he could start tomorrow, we are hoping that he can last a while. 

“[Federico] Bernardeschi is fine and he has the possibilities to play from the start like the others but tomorrow morning I’ll decide.

“Morata is improving a lot, he’s so ambitious, he looks for different solutions against different teams, he likes to read up on his opponents and this is a very positive aspect for a striker of his high level.

“[Weston] McKennie is doing well enough, he has been carrying this problem with him for a while, we know that and we’re trying to manage it better. He can’t play for the full 90 minutes, so we are trying to manage him as best as we can.”

Quotes via Goal.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

Source: 101greatgoals.com