Pirlo: We’ll play our chances on the return leg

Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo spoke after his team’s 1-2 loss against Porto.

“The approach became wrong after the first minute.”

“When you take a goal like that in the first minute, it is normal that you get a little afraid and you lack the certainties that should never be lacking when you play a round of 16.”

“It is definitely not the start we wanted to have, we conceded a strange goal and then the game was set up for what they wanted to do.”

“It was on the edge. This was not the match we had to play, we took it where they wanted.”

“When you get the ball and you always touch it 3 or 4 times you lose time and they close the spaces.”

“We had to be more lucid to turn the ball and make them rotate from side to side.”

“There was space but we were moving slowly and we weren’t smart in understanding the game situation and that was the problem.”

Tiredness?

“That can happen after so many challenging matches, it’s not easy to keep the same level of pace and attention.”

“We managed to put it back on its feet with Chiesa’s goal and we will play our chances on the return match, in a different way.”

Injuries?

De Ligt had only a cramp.”

Chiellini had a resentment in the calf.”

Morata was not well, since he came back from the flu he has never really recovered, he entered in time of need, but as soon as the game was over he had to lie down, he had fainted, he was sick.”

Penalty on Ronaldo!

“It is an episode that weighs, because it seems to me that it is a clear penalty.”.

“The referee gave us an explanation of his own, saying that the match was over and there was no need to go and see it again.”

“A strange thing, even if it is after the game you should have the courage to go and look at it.”

Dybala?

“He didn’t even have 5 minutes in his legs.”

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