Juventus won last night's game against Ferencvaros with a result of 2-1. It was a tough win for the Bianconeri, although they hit the woodwork twice. The Bianconeri boss talked about Juventus's game last night.
Juventus won last night's game against Ferencvaros with a result of 2-1. It was a tough win for the Bianconeri, although they hit the woodwork twice.
made good substitutions last night and changed the rhythm of the game in favour of Juventus. Especially
, who came on and brought three points for Juventus with a last-moment goal.
"We had intended to start with a different attitude, but we know there can be difficulties in games that seem on paper to be simple. We were too superficial at the start and had to chase the game,"
Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia
"Our first press wasn't vehement, which is normal after so many matches to lose a little intensity, but the important thing was not to get stretched out and allow counter-attacks. We did it a few times in the first half, but then managed to settle down.
"I expected more from the players, but Ferencvaros clammed up, we had to try to move the ball back and forth more quickly to spread them. We moved it too slowly, which made it easier for them to defend.
"Ferencvaros keep a high line and invite you to attack them, but if you don't do it at the right moment, it plays into their hands. When we got the timing right, we were almost always dangerous."
Matthijs de Ligt
, who recently recovered from a shoulder injury, started the match from the beginning.
"We knew De Ligt was already a captain at the age of 20, so we'd been waiting for his return and knew he'd give us a great deal both in defending and in keeping the team tight by passing out from the back."
Fabio Capello also criticized
in this match for passing too short, too slow and too horizontal.
He got a bit pig-headed today keeping hold of the ball and trying to find more direct through balls when he should've spread it wide and tried to spread the Ferencvaros defence
," agreed Pirlo.
"He should've opened up the game more to create one-on-one situations. If the ball moved too slowly, it allowed them to get back into position."
Capello also asked if
was able to penetrate the opponent's defence?
Not much right now, but he's learning
," replied Pirlo after a chuckle.
had an excellent start but did precious little to warrant the opportunity.
"Dybala didn't do that well, but as I said, he was injured and had to take antibiotics for weeks, so it's natural he needs time to get back into shape. He does need to go beyond his limits in training to rediscover his form."