Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has claimed teammate and Old Lady superstar Cristiano Ronaldo ‘steps up’ for Champions League soccer.
The last time Juve won Europe’s elite competition was back in 1996 after they defeated Dutch champions Ajax on penalties to claim their third title.
Maurizio Sarri’s side are 1-0 down in their last-16 first leg-tie against Lyon before the coronavirus pandemic suspended the current season.
Juve have it all to do when soccer resumes as they look to overturn the deficit at the Allianz Stadium, in a game which will be behind closed doors.
Ronaldo, 35, became the first soccer star to win the Champions League five times. Once at Manchester United, before claiming four during his days in the Spanish capital with Real Madrid, last winning the trophy in 2018.
Chiellini, who has recently caused a stir following his comments towards Mario Balotelli and Felipe Melo in his autobiography, has said Ronaldo raises his level when it comes to the Champions League.
“Cristiano is doing well even though he had that knee problem that slowed him down for a month and a half,” he told Christian Vieri during an Instagram Live chat on Friday.
“He changed the way he played compared to when he was younger. He is enhanced with the big games.
Maybe against the small teams he makes a performance that seems subdued. With the big ones, he is incredible. In the Champions League, he turns. He feels it coming and he turns the engine up.”
The Portuguese international has also received praise from his fellow countryman and Manchester City winger Bernardo Silva.