Bartlomiej Dragowski played the dangerous game of trying to play mind games with Cristiano Ronaldo before Juventus vs Fiorentina.
The Polish goalkeeper said prior to the game that he knew how Ronaldo takes penalties and that he was ready for them.
“I studied Cristiano Ronaldo and know how he shoots,” he told Corriere dello Sport, per football.italia.
“I’m not going to tell you how I predict he’ll take penalties, or could read this and change it. I’d rather there weren’t any penalties in the game, to be honest.”
Well, Dragowski was given the chance to put his money where his mouth is during the game.
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Juventus were given a first-half penalty when German Pezzella handled in the box.
Ronaldo stepped up and he easily dispatched his spot-kick past Dragowski.
Fair enough to Dragwoski, at least he dived the right way. It was a pretty unstoppable penalty by Ronaldo so he couldn’t do much about it.
Dragowski was given a chance to make amends in the second half.
Rodrigo Bentancur was felled in the box by Federico Ceccherini.
Again, Ronaldo stepped up. And the result was the same. Ronaldo lashed the ball into the bottom corner.
This time, though, he completely sent Dragowski the wrong way.
Let that be a lesson to you, Bartlomiej. Don’t try and play mind-games with one of the greatest players of all-time.
And if you are going to, at least back your words up with actions.
Ronaldo’s brace means he’s now scored 19 Serie A goals in as many games this season.
He’s also scored in his ninth consecutive Serie A game.
Matthijs de Ligt added a goal in stoppage time to give Juventus a 3-0 victory.
The Old Lady are now six points clear at the top of the table, although Inter Milan could reduce the gap back to three if they beat Udinese on Sunday evening.