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Sarri: difficult to stop “extraordinary” Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace to finish Lazio’s Serie A chances, coming on level terms with Ciro Immobile in the Capocannoniere race.

If there were any doubts about Juventus’ Serie A title chances, they were finished on Monday night. Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals to give the Old Lady the three points and an eight-point lead.

The second-half brace made the Portuguese the Capocannoniere leader for a short while before Ciro Immobile’s 81st-minute consolation strike.

Both Ronaldo and Immobile have 30 strikes to their names and are pitched in a heated battle. Maurizio Sarri was pleased with Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance and believes his target man can achieve whatever he wants.

Sarri stated after the match that the former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward can break Gonzalo Higuain’s 36-goal Serie A record.

“If he puts his mind to something, he’s very difficult to stop,” Sarri told Sky Sport Italia.

“We’ll see if we should rest him over the next few rounds, but if he’s still in this shape, then he might not need it.”

Sarri also praised Ronaldo’s conditioning and shared that even at 35, as he is exceptional in the way he recovers after matches.

“When Cristiano smells blood… He’s extraordinary, as he recovers so quickly between games,” Sarri added.

“It’s not just physical, but psychological.”

“He could be someone who uses up so much energy in each game, but he recovers it every time and he’s world-class in the mind as well as the legs.”