Champions-League--Allegri-speaks-on-Ronaldo---s-performance-in-2-0-defeat-to-Atletico664321470045273070Juventus manager, Massimiliano Allegri, has defended Cristiano Ronaldo after the forward’s subdued display, in their 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Late goals from Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin, gave Atletico a deserved win in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Ronaldo had just one shot on target and Godin’s goal deflected in off him in the 83rd minute.

But Allegri backed the 34-year-old’s performance and said the clash would be beneficial heading into the second leg in Turin on March 12.

“Ronaldo played a good game.

“He is confident with these kinds of matches. He was not bad at all.

“We missed all the second half as a team. And this match will be useful looking forward to the second leg,” Allegri told a news conference.