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Allegri bans Ronaldo from taking short-range free-kicks

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Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri announced that Cristiano Ronaldo will not be taking any further free-kicks around the penalty zone

The Bianconeri are looking for a repeat of their 1-0 win over Ronaldo’s former club Manchester United in Wednesday night’s return Champions League fixture.

However, as prolific as Ronaldo is from set pieces, Allegri will be handing close-range free-kicks duties to either Paulo Dybala or Miralem Pjanic.

“Ronaldo is a smart guy,” said Allegri, according to the Express.

“He knows Pjanic and Dybala are excellent free-kick takers and they are going to take those close to the area.

“When there are free kicks from far away, Ronaldo can kick them but we’ve decided that Dybala and Pjanic will take the set pieces close to the area.”

Just last week, Dybala accidentally leaked Juventus’ free-kick pecking order in a picture he posted on Twitter with Ronaldo.

It came after Dybala captained the team for the first time in the club’s 2-1 win over Empoli, where Ronaldo scored both of Juventus’ goals.

In the picture below, fans quickly pointed out the set-piece priority lists that were put on the wall of the Juventus dressing room.