Pirlo: De Ligt is already a captain

Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo talked to the media after his team’s 2-1 win against Ferencvaros. Her’e what he had to say.

“The goal was to enter with another attitude, we said it before the game, even in the locker room before entering the pitch.”

“Sometimes in these games that seem simple,you run into difficulties like tonight: we were superficial and we had to chase the result.”

“We didn’t make press as well as we had prepared. It’s normal after so many games that we don’t always have the same intensity, but it is important not to get too unbalanced and not to stay long in order not to take the restarts.”

“It happened sometimes in the first half, while in the recovery we have settled down a bit.”

On his substitutes

“From the changes I expected more, they closed very well and we had to open them by widening the game with the passes, moving them from one side to the other faster.”

“Instead, the pace was not high and they were able to close more easily.”

On De Ligt

“De Ligt is already a captain at 20, he’s having an important comeback.”

“He’s a champion at a technical and human level. He allows us to be more aggressive and gives a lot of set-up, allows us to keep the team short and manages to go forward.”

On Arthur

“Arthur was stubborn to carry more ball than in other games and to always look for the most direct solution internally, instead we had to open the field and enlarge them.”

” But he is growing from a physical point of view and he has not demerited from this point of view.”

“We had to make the ball spin faster and open the game, to give our players the chance to play 1 on 1, with the ball spinning slowly they can rearrange themselves better and they don’t give us that chance.”

On the tactics

“They keep the line very high and make you want to attack it, but you have to do it at the right time. If you rush the play it’s wrong, you have to go around them and then find the right attack. When we did it we created dangerous opportunities.”

On Dybala

“Dybala has not done very well but is growing after a period of inactivity, in addition to the infection that forced him to take antibiotics for weeks.”

“But he has to grow and go beyond his threshold in training to recover the best shape.”

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