Ronaldo rested against Lazio for Champions League, says Pirlo

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Juventus Coach Andrea Pirlo said he had reached an agreement with Cristiano Ronaldo in the week leading up to his side’s 3-1 win over Lazio on Saturday that the Portuguese would be rested.

Serie A’s top goalscorer started on the bench as Juve came from behind to beat Lazio in the Juventus Stadium.

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Trailing 2-1 in their Champions League last 16 clash with Porto ahead of Tuesday’s second leg in Turin, Pirlo decided to give the 36-year-old Ronaldo a break.

“He came from eight or nine consecutive games, we made an agreement during the week (for Ronaldo to be rested), it was already planned,” Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia.

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