Andrea Pirlo confesses Juventus were not up to their standards despite a 4-1 victory against Udinese.
The Old Lady had a good start to the New Year with a 4-1 win againstUdinese
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scored on the stoppage time.
It was not a solid performance from Juventus.
“It wasn’t the best Juventus, as we were coming off a bad defeat to Fiorentina, so started quite timid and nervous, especially when their forwards ran towards us. We gained more confidence as it went on,” Pirlo
“I was not satisfied with the initial approach to the game, as we were still feeling the fear of our last defeat to Fiorentina. The timing of the movements weren’t right, especially on the wings.
“We knew that Udinese would try to sit back, counter and wait for our mistakes, but we did well with the preventative marking to ensure they couldn’t do that.”
Pirlo was asked about his side’s poor performance after the 3-0 home defeat toFiorentina
“It was a conversation. I spoke, so did the players, we discussed the delicate moment and having faith in what we’re doing every day in training, which has to be accompanied by determination and intensity.”
are sitting on top of the Serie A table and go head-to-head with Juventus on Wednesday in a title decider game.
“I went to visit Stefano Pioli and see some of his training sessions last season, as I admire him as a coach and was curious to see what he was doing there. He’s reaping the rewards of that work now.”