Max Allegri has heaped praises on Cristiano Ronaldo after the forward single handedly fired Juventus to the quarterfinal of the Champions League.
Atletico Madrid had a comfortable 2-0 lead from the first league and looked favourites to seal a place in the quarters. Ronaldo had been struggling in the Champions League as he found the back of the net just once before this match.
But a brilliant hat-trick from the Portuguese superstar defied all odds as the Italian giants turned the tide in Turin. The 34 year old headed home in 27th minute and added another just after the break.
Ronaldo completed his hattrick after Federico Bernadeschi was pulled from behind by Angel Correra and the referee immediately awarded a penalty.
Allegri said, “We weren’t perfect, but we did do well to remain concentrated.
“There was the risk of taking a hysterical approach to the game, as the idea of the comeback had been talked about so much, but we had 95 minutes to get the job done. We did very well and the team deserve congratulations.
“It would’ve been really strange for Ronaldo to end his Champions League season with only one goal. He did well and the lads all contributed, including the fans providing a marvellous backdrop for the match.
“I think we gave a wonderful evening of football to all those passionate about the sport in Italy.”