Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo shows off new hairstyle

“Success in life is not measured by what you achieve, but by the obstacles you overcome,” says Cristiano Ronaldo as he shows new hairstyle on Instagram.

The Portuguese star is out of action for Juventus as he tested positive for Covid-19 while on International duty.

CR7 returned to Turin with a special ambulance flight one week ago and is still asymptomatic

Today is a very important day for him as the UEFA Protocol Advisory Panel must receive some documents to analyse his clinic situation. Today’s test results could therefore be decisive to understand if Ronaldo can play against Barcelona or not.

Ronaldo could be eligible to play against Barcelona next week if he has no symptoms today but of course he would have to test negative before the Barcelona game.

The former Real Madrid star looks in shape as he also shared a few pictures showing a new hairstyle.   

Pic credit: @Cristiano on Instagram

 

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Chiesa: ‘Couldn’t have gone better’

Federico Chiesa feels his first Champions League appearance for Juventus ‘could not have gone better’ after a 2-0 win away to Dynamo Kiev.

This was his Champions League debut and only his second match in the Juve jersey, after his red card in the 1-1 draw with Crotone on Saturday.

“I put myself at the disposal of the coach and did what he asked, which was to stay wide and take my man on when I had the ball,” Chiesa told Sky Sport Italia.

“It was fantastic to make my debut in the Champions League, especially as we won, so it could not have gone better. We wanted this win to start strong and gave everything we had to emerge from this difficult arena with all three points.

“There was a lot of criticism after the Crotone draw, which is natural, because expectations are always very high at Juventus. We’re expected to win every time we step onto the pitch.”

Chiesa was used on the left flank, with Juan Cuadrado on the right, confirming his tactical versatility.

“I play wherever the coach puts me and make sure I am ready. The coach wants us to change the play up and take men on down the flanks. We did well both here and in Crotone to break the deadlock in games that could’ve created some problems.”

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Pirlo defines Juve tactical versatility

Andrea Pirlo explains his tactical adjustments to Juventus after a 2-0 victory at Dynamo Kiev, including the versatility of Federico Chiesa and Dejan Kulusevski.

The Bianconeri got off to an ideal Champions League start, winning 2-0 away to Dynamo Kiev thanks to a pair of Alvaro Morata goals.

“It was important to put in a more solid performance compared to Crotone,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia, referring to Saturday’s 1-1 Serie A draw.

“We were able to try a few things on Monday and were more organised this evening. We could’ve made more of some of the first half chances, but controlled the game well after taking the lead.”

There was one intriguing tactical experiment that only lasted 18 minutes due to Giorgio Chiellini’s injury. It had Chiellini in the centre of a three-man defence and Danilo on the left.

“It came from a rotation we wanted to have on the right, with Kulusevski cutting inside to let Juan Cuadrado break forward,” explained Pirlo.

“They were putting pressure on Leonardo Bonucci’s runs forward, so we put Giorgio in the centre. His injury forced us to change things, but Merih Demiral did very well.

“Chiellini had this muscular twinge in the flexor. He already felt it after international duty, so was rested against Crotone. We’ll evaluate it now.”

Chiesa impressed on the left wing, with Cuadrado on the right, although as always with Pirlo, tactical systems are in a constant state of flux.

“What I wanted was to have many players going into attack. Chiesa can play on either flank, Kulusevski or Aaron Ramsey can play as a trequartista behind a striker.

“Let’s not forget we have Cristiano Ronaldo out and Paulo Dybala is not in good shape, so the attacking structure can change, but the players are in the right positions.

“Chiesa is suited to what we wanted to do. He isn’t meant to be a fifth midfielder, but a wide attacker, while when defending he becomes a fourth midfielder. He can play on either side and does it very well.”

Dybala came off the bench for his season debut, but looked rusty.

“You could tell he was not 100 per cent tonight, he needs to play in order to slowly get back into shape.”

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Morata: ‘Juve want to go all the way’

Alvaro Morata assures Juventus ‘want to go all the way’ in the Champions League after his brace secured a 2-0 win away to Dynamo Kiev.

The Bianconeri opened their tournament in Ukraine with a victory thanks to Morata’s two goals in the second half.

“Every year there is the chance to win the Champions League and we want to go all the way,” the Spain international told Sky Sport Italia.

“We wanted to get off to a strong start in the group and we played well this evening.”

Barcelona and Ferencvaros play this evening in Group G.

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Official: Juve suspend youth sector activities due to Covid

Juventus have ‘precautionarily decided to temporarily suspend the activity of the youth sector’ following same cases of Covid-19 among their academy players.

“Following the confirmation of some cases of Covid -19 in some teams of the Youth Sector, Juventus announce that it was precautionarily decided to temporarily suspend the activity of the male and female youth sector,” Juventus’ official announcement reads.

“The positive cases and their close contacts have been placed into fiduciary isolation in compliance with current legislation.”

Juventus also confirmed a new case of Covid in their Under 23 squad.

“Juventus Football Club announce that, during the checks provided for by the protocol in force, another member of the U23 team emerged positive with Covid-19 today: this is the footballer Alessandro Di Pardo,” the statement reads.

Their Under 23 squad had already had nine confirmed cases of Covid: the manager Lamberto Zauli, five players and three members of the staff.

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