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Pirlo admits to Ronaldo-reliance at Juventus

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The Bianconeri boss is hoping that his star forward can keep up his red-hot form in front of goal in the upcoming top-of-the-table clash.

Cristiano Ronaldo is a ‘champion’ and it is ‘normal’ for Juventus to rely on him, insists Andrea Pirlo.

Ronaldo started the new year with a bang as he netted twice in his first game of 2021 to guide Juve to a 4-1 victory over Udinese.

The double saw him break Pele’s goal record and overtake the Brazil legend as the second-highest scorer in football history.

With 14 goals racked up in just 11 league outings, the Portugal captain currently is leading the Serie A goalscoring charts.

Ronaldo remains one of the most lethal and consistent forward despite being in the late stages of his career, having achieved the feat of scoring in 20 consecutive years at senior level.

“From the beginning, we tried to exploit Ronaldo for his characteristics, we wanted to bring him to be decisive in the last meters,” Pirlo said in his pre-match press conference ahead of the AC Milan match, via Football Italia.

“He was decisive everywhere, it’s normal when you have a champion like him, that you depend on him.

“We have to be careful, they are very good at winning the ball back and attacking quickly. We have seen that in the videos.

“They arrive at goal with two or three passes, we must be technically good and pay attention to the counter-attacks.”