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Ronaldo rested for Genoa clash after Champions League heroics

AFP  |  Rome 

will miss Juventus' trip to Genoa after firing side to the quarter-finals, said on Saturday.

"I'm leaving him at home, he had played a lot and he needs to rest. Right now it would be too risky to play him," told reporters.

"I don't need to convince him. We spoke about it yesterday, I explained my point regarding the fixtures between now and the (Champions League) quarter finals and he agreed."

Juve will take on next month after scored a sensational hat-trick to overturn a two-goal first-leg deficit against Atletico midweek and win 3-2 on aggregate.

The Portuguese openly taunted the Atleti fans in the stands during the post-match celebrations, but said he was not worried about banning his star for the clash with the resurgent Dutch side.

"Everyone celebrated differently on Tuesday, there were 42,000 fans there and we could suspend them all (based on how they behaved)," he said.

"We are not afraid of a suspension that will not happen." can afford to drop in view of the quarters thanks to the 18-point lead his unbeaten side have at the top of ahead of their match with Genoa.

Ronaldo is facing rape allegations dating from 2009. In the latest development in the case, requested a DNA sample as part of their investigation.

Ronaldo says he had a consensual relationship with a former model who lodged a complaint claiming she was raped at his hotel suite.

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 10:35 IST