Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo admits his side made the game complicated for themselves in their 3-2 Coppa Italia victory against Genoa in extra time.
The Bianconeri dominated the game and were leading by 2 goals, but Genoa bounced back to 2-2, so Hamza Rafia scored the winner on his debut as Juventus needed extra time to overcome Genoa.
“We made life complicated for ourselves, as we had played the first half really well, then got distracted and it became tougher,” Pirlo told RAI Sport.
“It’s a pity, as we had done what we needed to and should’ve controlled the situation better. The Coppa Italia is a target, so it was important to win and go through to the next round.”
There were some young players in the Juventus line-up against Genoa, including defender Radu Dragusin and Dejan Kulusevski.
Inter also won their match against Fiorentina in the extra time at the 118th minute.
“Pretty much all the games went to extra time, which shows how tough they all were. We are in the same boat and will have a few days to recover and prepare.”
Pirlo was asked why Juve have more problems against the weaker sides compared to the games against big clubs.
“I don’t think we did struggle, as we were in control for most of it. There were a lot of young players who were in their first real experience at this level, so some mistakes can happen.
“We lacked concentration at times, especially when in a leading situation, so we need to improve the game management aspect.”