Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo spoke after his team’s elimination from the Champions League.
“We made 4 mistakes in 2 games, that’s a lot, and when you commit so many mistakes in the 1/8 of the Champions League, it is normal to be eliminated.”
“No, we didn’t go wrong when we were in numerical superiority: the only solution was to widen them as much as possible by quickly circulating the ball calmly from right to left, and the goals came with this type of actions.”
“Tonight we had a good start right away, with Morata’s chance.”
“Then an episode, happened an error in the penalty area opened another match, but then we regrouped and played the game we had to play.”
“I’m certainly not happy with it because it means being out of the Champions League, but now we will be able to work on some things that we didn’t have time to prepare because of our many commitments.”
“It will be a great test for me too to be able to give a different hand.”
How can we recover from this?
“By forgetting about this game, it will take a few days. Then we will mentalize about the championship knowing that we are still in March and there are still several games to move up the rankings.”
The wall on the freekick?
“We choose the men who have to go there.”
“It has never happened to turn around, it may be that they have not understood the danger of the shot.”
“We paid for this mistake, not understanding the importance of that shot and not perceiving the danger of being able to concede that goal.”
Getting sacked like Sarri?
“I don’t know if Sarri’s exemption was due to the elimination from the Champions League. I work in a larger project, of which this year is only the beginning, so I’ll continue to work calmly.”
“In the life of the coach there are different matches and moments: there is also this and it is really bad.”
“We have to roll up our sleeves and work because we still have a championship available.”
“We have good players, who grow from game to game.”
“The young players who arrived this year are behaving in the best way possible, with desire and self-denial: they did their best to make it through the round.”