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Roberto Mancini weighs in on the Ronaldo-Sarri feud

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Roberto Mancini has asserted that the tension between Ronaldo and his manager is virtually non-existent.

Cristiano Ronaldo was taken off by Maurizio Sarri before the hour mark against Milan. Since then, a huge deal is made out of the substitution by the Juve coach. Players and managers from all over Europe are getting involved and starting to pick a side.

But Roberto Mancini has claimed that the situation was blown out of proportion. He also insists there is nothing to worry about. The Italian said that Ronaldo was subbed off due to an injury and that Sarri was right in doing so.

“It is always difficult to replace a big player,” Roberto Mancini told Rai Sport.

“Because a player with Ronaldo’s qualities can always be expected to make a difference at any time during a game.

“It probably came after a week with some physical problems and Sarri considered it correct to take Ronaldo off. These are things that happen. I don’t see anything serious, this can happen between players and coaches.”

Mancini also responded to rumors surrounding Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return to Serie A. The 54-year old agreed that Zlatan is still one of the best players in the world.

“Zlatan has been one of the greatest strikers in the world. He’s scored so many goals. He’s a physically sensational player. Despite his age, he can still do very well in Serie A.

“I don’t think the pace of Serie A has changed in the last 50 years, our league could never be like the Premier League, where the referee whistles less and the games are very fast.”