Allegri announces squad for Serie A Boxing Day clash

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has revealed Ronaldo was handed the first rest of his spell at Juventus when he was left out of their Boxing Day clash with Atalanta.

Ronaldo has scored 11 goals in 17 league games this season, as Juve have opened up an eight-point lead at the top of Serie A.

Allegri explained it has nothing to do with his form, as he explained;

“Ronaldo’s going to be on the bench.

“He’s available, but he’s going to watch the game together with me for the first time.

“I’m very happy with how he’s doing, as I am with everybody.

We need him to be in his best shape in March when we get to the business end of the Champions League.

“He’s going to have to be even more decisive than he has been in recent years.”

The Boxing Day clash will be CR7’s first league resting of the season as Juventus aim to win a seventh consecutive title.

In his absence from the starting XI, Douglas Costa and Paulo Dybala will provide the support for central striker Mario Mandzukic.

If Ronaldo is not called upon, then his final outing of 2018 could come against Sampdoria on Saturday.

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