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Sport Pirlo reflects on Juventus' troubles after seeing title slip away

05:30  08 april  2021
05:30  08 april  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Andrea Pirlo once scored an AC Milan goal so incredible that it left Ronaldinho stunned

  Andrea Pirlo once scored an AC Milan goal so incredible that it left Ronaldinho stunned Pirlo's final goal for AC Milan was a spectacular strike vs ParmaRegardless of what the statistics say about his illustrious career, the Italian maestro was one of those players where the eye-test spoke for itself because the man was poetry in motion.

Juventus should not require a slap to wake up even if the atmosphere at grounds is soporific, Andrea Pirlo said after his side struggled to a draw. "We played a wait-and- see game in the first half, we were not aggressive in midfield although we had the best chances," said Pirlo , whose side fell behind after an hour. "There was a good reaction after their goal but we shouldn't need a slap to wake us up." "It's one thing to play in the Champions League with a crowd that raises your levels of attention," said Pirlo whose side host Barcelona in Europe's elite competition on Wednesday.

When it comes to shock coaching hires, like Andrea Pirlo 's rapid ascent to the top job at Juventus , there are many misses as well as the odd hit. Former Bianconeri defender Ferrara was hired initially to see out the remainder of the 2008-09 season when Claudio Ranieri was sacked with two weeks remaining. Ferrara got off to a satisfactory start but ultimately only lasted until the following January when a run of dismal results saw him replaced with the more established Alberto Zaccheroni.

Andrea Pirlo, Paulo Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo that are talking to each other: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

Under-fire Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo believes an individualistic approach from his players against lesser opposition is partly to blame for the club's woes this season.

The current Serie A champions beat Napoli on Wednesday after a shock home defeat by Benevento and a stalemate against Torino in the Turin derby in their previous two league outings.

But Juventus look destined to miss out on a tenth straight Scudetto, trailing leaders Inter Milan by 12 points with just nine games of the season remaining.

Andrea Pirlo holding a sign: Andrea Pirlo believes an individualistic approach is partly to blame for Juventus' woes © Provided by Daily Mail Andrea Pirlo believes an individualistic approach is partly to blame for Juventus' woes Cristiano Ronaldo standing next to a fence: Cristiano Ronaldo and his team-mates trail Serie A leaders Inter Milan by 12 points © Provided by Daily Mail Cristiano Ronaldo and his team-mates trail Serie A leaders Inter Milan by 12 points

Cristiano Ronaldo and his team-mates also suffered a shock Champions League exit at the hands of Porto at the last-16 stage last month, piling further pressure on the former Italy midfielder.

Pirlo: "I would do any of my mistakes again"

 Pirlo: there was a lot of pressure on the boiler - especially for Andrea Pirlo, but also for all Juventus Turin. The old lady but stood her husband, beat Napoli and held another omnifully. © Imago Images A Smile for Matchwinner: Juventus Coach Andrea Pirlo claps with his Joker and Matchwinner Paulo Dybala.

Andrea Pirlo 's side came out on top against Champions League-chasing Napoli. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring after 13 minutes with a precise low finish. Forward Paulo Dybala then scored a second goal after coming on as a substitute. Lorenzo Insigne bagged a 90th-minute penalty but it was too little, too late. Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring against Napoli on Wednesday night. The Portuguese steered home a shot after fine work from Federico Chiesa on the right wing.

Pirlo ’s stance on Juventus strikers pushes Dybala closer to a potential Man United deal. Manchester United FC. A new broom often sweeps clean, and that appears to be the case with Andrea Pirlo at Juventus . The former club legend is wasting no time in shaping the first-team squad just the way he wants it. According to Tuttosport and cited by the Daily Star, he is looking for a different type of striker to what’s in situ, meaning that there may be no future for former Man United target, Paulo Dybala.

But speaking after the 2-1 victory against Gennaro Gattuso's men, Pirlo insisted he has tried to extract similar performances from his side throughout the season, but claimed his side have lacked hunger against lesser opposition.

'I tried to drill this style of football into the team from the start of the season, but we played every three days until recently, the players kept changing and we didn't really have time to work on it,' Pirlo said.


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'We were often not quite fired up enough against the teams lower down the table and unconsciously were distracted, trying to resolve those games with individual moves rather than as a team.

Pirlo may have Juve backing but slip-ups cannot continue

  Pirlo may have Juve backing but slip-ups cannot continue Pirlo may have Juve backing but slip-ups cannot continue(Reuters) - The Juventus players are behind him, as is the club's hierarchy, but coach Andrea Pirlo must put a stop to any further slip-ups to start to win over the growing number of doubters.

Andrea Pirlo 's Juventus are floundering in Serie A and out of Champions League. Former mercurial playmaker has struggled in the dugout so far this season. He could be heading for the exit and Italian giants are considering options. The Croatian assistant at the moment and would step up to fill the void while Juve search for their next permanent boss. It is not entirely unheard of in these circumstances for an interim manager to impress so much they end up landing the job on a full-time basis ( see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer).

Juve's Coach, Andrea Pirlo confessed that his side "are making too many horizontal passes and that makes us predictable" after a 2-2 tie against Torino in the Derby della Mole. We had hoped for a different second half, but we made that error straight away and had to get back into it. “The error was similar to the one we conceded against Lazio, unfortunately, these are happening a bit too often and we have these lapses in concentration. “ After the second goal, we got the game back on track, hitting the woodwork and that chance with Cristiano."

a group of people playing football on a field: They also suffered a shock exit in the Champions League last 16 at the hands of Porto in March © Provided by Daily Mail They also suffered a shock exit in the Champions League last 16 at the hands of Porto in March

'We learned that we cannot afford to do that, we need to give our all in every match, as every Serie A fixture is tough against well-organised teams.'

Sportsmail reported earlier this week Pirlo will face the sack upon the conclusion of his debut campaign in charge if Juventus fail to qualify for next season's Champions League.

The club jumped into third in the table after beating Napoli, a point above Atalanta in fourth, but it has been a season in which the former midfield star has made his own mistakes.

However, Pirlo insists it was necessary for him to commit those errors for his short-term and long-term future, but is now focusing on securing a top-four finish for his club before the Coppa Italia final against Atalanta in May.

Paulo Dybala et al. walking down a street: Paulo Dybala and Co. eased some of the pressure on Pirlo by beating Napoli on Wednesday © Provided by Daily Mail Paulo Dybala and Co. eased some of the pressure on Pirlo by beating Napoli on Wednesday

'I made many mistakes, but I'd make them all again,' he added. 'This is my first season, I needed those experiences for the present and the future.

'This was a more complicated campaign not just for me, but for many other coaches too. Everyone makes mistakes, including me, but I can learn from those and not repeat them in future.

'Our objective now is a top four finish, because it's difficult to get to the top. There are 10 games to go, it's a mini-season we hope to win, and then prepare for the Coppa Italia.'

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© Marco Bertorello The star attacker of Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo (d) at the end of the draw against the Torino, April 3, 2021 Olympic Stadium Inter Milan, with its ninth consecutive victory against Bologna (1-0), opened a boulevard towards the Scudetto, its first since 2010, taking advantage of the points loosed by Milan and Juventus, Saturday. The 29th day of Serie A.

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