"When Ronaldo arrived, I wrote to Pjanic in our chatroom: "Sorry Mire, but I think you won't be taking many free kicks this year".
"Douglas Costa had a muscle problem, (Miralem) Pjanic was starting to feel a bit exhausted and (Blaise) Matuidi sustained a knock", he said.
After their win on English soil, Mourinho heaped praise on both players, saying: "Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, they could go to Harvard University to give classes about how to be a central defender".
Cagliari enters Saturday's match 3-3-4 on the season.
'Cagliari are a very fast team and above all they have Pavoletti who is very strong in the air.
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Massimiliano Allegri's side have now won 10 and drawn one of their 11 league games so far as they seek an eighth successive Serie A title.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Cagliari's last 6away games.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored some pretty spectacular free-kicks throughout his career.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who hit the post on the stroke of half-time, laid the third on a plate for Juan Cuadrado with three minutes left after Cagliari were exposed on the counter-attack. The Portuguese worldwide most notably helped his team secured all three points by scoring a second-half brace against Empoli in their last game.
Speaking to Sky Sports (via Calciomercato), the Bianconeri boss said: "Even in Madrid he was a leader, he is an extraordinary player, even when he does not score goals he sets others up like he did for Cuadrado in decisive moments, goals or puts the ball right".
"Everything is okay, I will make sure to be ready for the next game", he said. However, with Cristiano Ronaldo back in full flow which is coupled with a home advantage, we can expect Juventus to secure a narrow win over the Sardinians this weekend.