Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t had the best start to the 2019/20 season, which has led Fabio Capello to state that the Juventus forward’s performances have dropped in the last three years.
The Portuguese was annoyed after being replaced by Maurizio Sarri in the Old Lady’s 1-0 victory over AC Milan, with it being the second time he has been brought off in just a few days, having done so against Lokomotiv Moscow in midweek.
“[Cristiano] is a great champion, nobody argues with that, but he hasn’t dribbled past anyone in the last three years,” Capello told Sky Sport Italia.
“At the moment he isn’t at his best and it is normal to replace him.
“Sarri doesn’t need to be brave or show his personality to make that change.
“It’s not nice that he didn’t sit on the bench [after being taken off] and argued with Sarri.
“One has to be a champion even when he is replaced, not only when things are going well.
“He must respect his teammates.”
Sarri also discussed Cristiano’s reaction after the substitution and indicated that he is happy with his player’s motivation.
“It is natural for a player to get angry when he is replaced, if he works so hard,” he explained.
“That also pleases a coach.”