August 24, 2018 / 4:42 PM / in 2 months

Juve coach Allegri will not shy away from rotating Ronaldo

(Reuters) - Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Friday he would not hesitate to leave Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench if he felt the Portugal forward needed to save energy.

FILE PHOTO: Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri at Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - April 22, 2018. REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

Allegri confirmed that Ronaldo, signed from Real Madrid for 105 million euros (£94.2 million) in the close season, would start in Saturday’s game against Lazio, where he will make his home debut, but that things would change as the season draws on.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League Final - Real Madrid v Liverpool - NSC Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine - May 26, 2018 Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after winning the Champions League REUTERS/Phil Noble

“He has to understand that there will be times when he starts on the bench and then just plays half an hour,” Allegri said. “Even he will need a break at some point. At Real Madrid, he was excellently managed.”

He added: “Ronaldo trains very competitively, he takes nothing for granted and is a champion, building his own success over the years through hard work and sacrifice.

“He is a great example for the younger players and he raises our overall quality... Ronaldo is bringing a great enthusiasm to Italian football.”

Italian champions Juventus won their opening Serie A fixture 3-2 at Chievo last Saturday when Ronaldo made his debut.

Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Ken Ferris

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