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Sport Juventus are still 'under construction', says Pirlo after Roma draw

03:15  28 september  2020
03:15  28 september  2020 Source:   goal.com

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Juventus drew 2-2 at Roma in Serie A © Alberto Lingria / Reuters. Juventus struggled at the empty Stadio Olimpico, going behind twice to goals by French midfielder Jordan Veretout in their first trip under new coach Andrea Pirlo .

Juventus are having "more fun" under new boss Andrea Pirlo compared to last season when Pirlo was named as Sarri's successor last month and marked his first competitive game in charge with "We started well but we still need to improve," he said . "In this team there are many great players, who

Andrea Pirlo looking at the camera: Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo © Juventus FC via Getty Images Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo says he is not concerned by Juventus' lacklustre performance in their 2-2 draw with Roma on Sunday, insisting they are a team still "under construction".

The Serie A champions were far from their best in the capital and found themselves 2-1 down at half-time, Jordan Veretout scoring either side of a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty.

Juve midfielder Adrien Rabiot was dismissed shortly after the hour mark but Ronaldo salvaged a point for the Bianconeri with a towering header soon after.

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Pirlo previews Roma - Juve. Andrea Pirlo addressed invited media today at the Alilanz Stadium, where he spoke about his team’s progress in training, how After one match day it is difficult to implement. I will try to field the best team according to our tactical needs and the characteristics of Roma .

Juventus are aiming to win their second game under Andrea Pirlo | Soccrates Images/Getty Images. Andrea Pirlo can build on his winning start as the new Juventus coach on Sunday evening, when his side travel to the Italian capital to take on an AS Roma team still on the hunt for their first

Pirlo, who replaced the sacked Maurizio Sarri last month, pointed to a lack of match fitness as the reason for his side's sluggish performance and expects them to get significantly better as the season progresses.

"Roma attacked with many players like us so it was a different game than Sampdoria [who they 3-0 last weekend]," he said.

"This was a step backwards but we are a team under construction. We didn't have time to try any solutions in pre-season so these games are tests.

"But, in the end, it was a point earned. [Alvaro] Morata only arrived two days ago, Arthur has not played for six months and has to adapt to Italian football. [Rodrigo] Bentancur is also starting to feel a bit better. The condition of these important players needs to grow a bit."

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Juventus head coach Andrea Pirlo has stressed the importance of signing a striker ahead of the new Serie A campaign. Edin Dzeko has also been linked but was part of Roma 's starting line-up for Saturday's friendly win over Cagliari. With the window open for another three weeks, Pirlo admits the

Match Summary. Roma . Juventus . Strengths. Then Sarri come and everyone say that team is play much worst, with Ronaldo or without. Thats obvious. And now you make conclusions about Pirlo and team after second game, when team is still building, and Ronaldo make result.

Juve beat Inter to the title by just one point last season, with Antonio Conte's side responding by bringing in Achraf Hakimi, Arturo Vidal and Aleksandar Kolarov.

Asked if Inter's squad is now stronger than his own, Pirlo said: "I don't know if it is better than ours, but it is certainly stronger than last season as they brought in players of quality. I think it'll be a battle to the very end."

Roma boss Paulo Fonseca, meanwhile, was frustrated with his side's inability to kill off the game when they were 2-1 up, with reported Juve target Edin Dzeko guilty of a particularly glaring miss.

"I think we had a good game, but I am not satisfied with the result," he said. "We created chances and played to win the match.

"I saw Dzeko focused, motivated and he worked hard for the team. There were errors in front of goal, as everyone did, but he played well this evening.

"I felt the team was always comfortable, we didn't allow Juve any real chances and were solid defensively."


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