The Old Lady boss says he will try to conserve the energy of his star player after starting their title defence with a win.
Juventus head coach Andrea Pirlo has admitted Cristiano Ronaldo will be rested this season as the Portuguese superstar helped his team to an opening-night win in Seria A.
The Italian champions started their quest for a 10th consecutive title with a 3-0 against Sampdoria at Allianz Stadium in Pirlo’s first competitive match in charge of the club which Ronaldo was on the score sheet.
When Pirlo was asked how he plans to use Ronaldo – who famously does not like to be on the bench – this season, Pirlo revealed the 35-year-old would be rested at select points during the campaign.
“We are thinking about [how to use Ronaldo] and talked it over,” Pirlo said to Sky Sports Italia post-match.
“He’s not tired yet, as we just started, but when we come up to less important games, we’ll try to give him a rest.
“He’s a very intelligent guy who knows his body very well, so he is aware of when it’s time to rest or to step it up. When he will play depends on him.”