Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo has defended Cristiano Ronaldo after the superstar was seen throwing his shirt in frustration following Juve’s 3-1 win over Genoa.
Goals from Dejan Kulusevski, Alvaro Morata and Weston McKennie were enough the hand the Old Lady the three points as they look to seal a Champions League spot.
Despite scoring 25 goals in Serie A this season, it has been a frustrating year for Ronaldo, who has seen his side struggle in the Italian top flight this season.
Those frustrations continued at Allianz Park on Sunday when he failed to find the net against Davide Ballardini’s side.
The Portuguese attacker had numerous chances to find the back of the net, hitting the post in the first half.
His annoyance at failing to score came to a head at full-time when he was seen ripping off his shirt and throwing it to the ground.
But Pirlo defended his player and had no problem with Ronaldo’s show of passion.
“It’s normal he wanted to score a goal, especially when the game was getting complicated, as he is a champion and always wants to make his mark,” he told SB Nation.
“He was upset as it happens to other players too. The game was over and it’s normal he was nervous. I don’t think the club or the coach will fine him.”
The problems that have plagued Juve all season were evident again against Genoa, with the hosts looking nervy after Gianluca Scamacca pulled a goal back early in the second half.
And with his side all but certain of missing out on a tenth successive Scudetto, Pirlo revealed his unhappiness at how his first season in management has panned out.
“All coaches must feel like they have to prove themselves every single day, let alone me, as I am in my first coaching experience,” he said to SB Nation.
“Football has been my dream since I was a child and I will keep working hard to improve. I’d give myself a six out of 10 for this season so far.
“I know that I must do more, and when you don’t achieve certain results, the coach is the first to take responsibility. My idea of football is to dominate the game and press the opposition.
“For a series of reasons, we’ve been unable to fully implement it, but the team is eager and we’ll keep working on it.”