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Bernardeschi: ‘Ronaldo ban would be crazy!’

March 20, 2019

Federico Bernardeschi believes it would be crazy for UEFA to ban Cristiano Ronaldo for his full time celebration against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

UEFA have confirmed that they have opened an investigation into the incident following CR7’s mimicking of Diego Simeone’s gesture from the first leg in Spain.

“I don’t think anything needs to be added,” Bernardeschi said at a Press conference.

“It’s something that I don’t think needs looking at, but a ban would be crazy. I think it’ll end there, that it was a celebration, a gesture. I always see him in a calm and relaxed manner, but we all are. I’m sure everything will be fine.

“We wrote a piece of Juventus history. We put the worth of the team in writing. I was very pleased to play in that game and that the Coach put his faith in me. I also tried to give everything on the pitch.

“A defeat is never good, but we went into it from a game that took a lot out of us physically and mentally.

“If we had to lose a game, it would’ve been the one against Genoa. Juventus never go out to lose.

“I think I can play as a central midfielder. I have to play with my head and desire, getting to grips with the moves I need to make during the game.

“I can play there, but it’s up to the Coach. Where I play is secondary. An all-rounder for Italy? I’d like that a lot.

“I hope to become a leader. This is my objective and dream. We’re a great group in every sense.

“I believe we have plenty of prospects to bank on. Many of them are already ready to make the jump, but we mustn’t let them feel the weight of the Azzurri jersey.

“There’s pressure, but it’s only right that there is. Chiesa? He’s a very good player and he’s showing it. He can’t afford to let anyone get into his head and tell him what’s right for him. He’s improved a lot.

“We’ve already shown glimpses in previous games. We’ve created lots of chances, while playing some nice football.

“We’ve had fun on the field and I hope people have had fun watching us. We’ve scored only a few goals, but it’s better to create and score a few than none than at all.

“We need to gain a bit more experience, but we’re working on the right track. What would I bring from Juventus to the Italy set-up? Belief in their strength.”

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