Andrea Pirlo gives updates on Ronaldo's COVID-19 status ahead of UCL clash

Andrea Pirlo gives updates on Ronaldo’s COVID-19 status ahead of UCL clash

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Looking ahead of Juventus clash with Barcelona in the Champions league, it is not certain whether Cristiano Ronaldo is going to join the squad tomorrow but Andrea Pirlo has confirmed his test will be clear on Tuesday evening.

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Ronaldo and Juventus have to provide UEFA a negative test result in order for the Portuguese star to partake in Wednesday’s match.

“This evening we will have the definitive result from Cristiano’s swab test,” Pirlo explained to the press.

“[Giorgio] Chiellini and [Matthijs] De Ligt are definitely out of tomorrow’s game, however we’ll evaluate Bonucci’s condition.

“[Paulo] Dybala is a little bit tired, but that’s normal after his first match as a starter, but he still has some time to recover.”

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Though Barcelona’s perceived fragility after 3 games without a win, Pirlo was anxious to make clear that the Spanish club have players that can cause Juventus a lot of problems.

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“There are great players at Barcelona, despite some absences,” Pirlo added. “The keys for us will be desire and determination, it will be difficult, but beautiful.

“For 15 years, [Lionel] Messi and Cristiano have done great things, for the first time I’ll be taking on Messi as a coach, and I’ll treat him with the enormous respect that he deserves.”

What is emerging as an interesting subplot to the imminent fixture is the production levels of young stars Dejan Kulusevski and Ansu Fati

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“Kulusevski and Fati are two players with great prospects,” Pirlo confirmed. “They are playing with the greatest players of their time and can learn a lot.

“They are different in their characteristics, we’ll play with four in defence as it’s the only viable solution at this time, in midfield it will be a challenge between two technical teams.”

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