Juventus vs. Cagliari - Football Match Report


Cristiano Ronaldo has named Egypt global Mohamed Salah as one of the five players who can win the Ballon d'Or this year.

Massimiliano Allegri's side have now won 10 and drawn one of their 11 league games so far as they seek an eighth successive Serie A title.

The Frenchman spoke about Ronaldo's growing influence after the Portuguese superstar inspired his team to a 1-0 away win over Manchester United in the Champions League.

"We must do better defensively in our own half". Facing him is a pleasure and an honour, but we have to be more prepared. As I work to score goals and win games without being an obsession. In fact, it affects us nearly not at all.

'We came back from Manchester by plane and we were very exhausted.

Having scored just 42 seconds in, it was the quickest goal scored by Juventus in Serie A play in exactly six years, with Arturo Vidal having scored 18 seconds into a November 2, 2012 match against Inter. "We are still friends, we speak about that and we had a normal conversation and he understands my point of view of that moment".

"Douglas Costa had a muscle problem, (Miralem) Pjanic was starting to feel a bit exhausted and (Blaise) Matuidi sustained a knock", he said. "We are among the top four candidates, but we need to keep calm".

Defender Giorgio Chiellini and winger Federico Bernardeschi have both been ruled out but Sami Khedira and Mandzukic are back in the group.

United will be boosted by the way Cagliari made life tough for Juventus, with visiting head coach Rolando Maran left feeling hard done by. However, CR7 also said he does not regret his actions and his former teammate Rooney quickly forgave him. "We return home without points but certain that we deserved more".