Pirlo hoping for Juve boost as Ronaldo returns

21 April 2021 03:22:36 GMTPlus10

Andrea Pirlo admits Juventus are "not going through a great moment" but is confident they can overcome Parma on Wednesday.

Italian champions Juve prepare to welcome Parma with their top-four ambitions on a knife-edge, though the return of top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo should give them a boost.

Ronaldo sat out Sunday's devastating 1-0 defeat at Atalanta, La Dea taking all three points courtesy of Ruslan Malinovsky's late strike.

That result saw Atalanta leapfrog Juve into third place in Serie A and with Napoli and Lazio breathing down their necks, the Bianconeri are in danger of failing to qualify for the Champions League.

Pirlo's men have won just two of their last five league games but the former national team's skipper isn't planning any wholesale changes against a Parma side looking doomed to relegation.

I Crociati have won just once since the end of November and find themselves ten points from safety with seven games left.

Ronaldo, their 25-goal top scorer, should return after a muscle injury though Federico Chiesa is sidelined after limping out of the defeat at Atalanta.

"The team is feeling quite well," Pirlo told reporters. "We are recovering from Sunday's game. I am planning a few changes, but I am not going to rotate the team much."

Juventus are one of the 12 clubs at the centre of the controversial Super League storm, but Pirlo insists the row over the possible breakaway is not a distraction.

He added: "We are only focused on the game against Parma. We know we are not going through a great moment, but we must have the best possible approach."

Juve are a 1.22 chance to overcome Parma, who are 12.00, while the draw is 6.50.

Ronaldo is 1.40 in the Anytime Goalscorer market.

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