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Pirlo: 'I expect a difficult game'

Sat 09 January 2021 | 14:43

Andrea Pirlo expects a difficult game against Sassuolo on Sunday and insists Milan are the team to beat as they are the leaders.



Andrea Pirlo

is concerned about the game against


on Sunday as he believes they are a very good team.

“I expect a difficult game, as Sassuolo are a very good team who have been playing together for several years now,” said Pirlo in his press conference.

“They have an excellent coach in Roberto De Zerbi, we must above all be concentrated when they have the ball because they’re very good at escaping the opposition press.”

Before coming to Juventus, Pirlo had been studying De Zerbi, Pep Guardiola, and Jurgen Klopp.

“We’ve always had some great conversations about football, but there are many young coaches out there who are doing well.”

Pirlo believes


are the team to beat as they are the leaders.

“Whoever is top remains the team to beat,” insisted the coach. “We’ve won for nine years in a row and clearly there is pressure on us, but Milan are the team to beat because they are the leaders.

“It was an important victory, but if we don’t win tomorrow, then it will all have been for nothing. If we don’t get a result here, then what we did at San Siro will fall into the background.

“What I do want is for us to improve our mental strength. Too many times, we score a goal and then have a few minutes after that where our heads are in the clouds. I ask for more concentration because those are important minutes to give a sense of consistency.”

Matthijs de Ligt

tested positive for COVID-19. He is the third player who was infected by COVID-19, as Alex Sandro and Juan Cuadrado have already tested positive.

“Merih Demiral played a few more games than Giorgio Chiellini, so he’s more ready to step in and he should play tomorrow, but Giorgio is prepared to give us a hand.

“This is the situation not just for clubs, but for all citizens, so we keep going. This isn’t a problem.”

Alvaro Morata

has been training separately after his injury and Pirlo has said that at most he will sit on the bench for tomorrow’s game.

Federico Chiesa

, who was also struggling with injury, is now ready for the game against Sassuolo.

“I am not surprised by Chiesa’s performances, as I knew his quality and that’s why we wanted him. He can still improve a great deal and is the prototype of a champion. His performance at San Siro should be a starting point for him.”

source: SportMob