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Pirlo: ‘Juventus were timorous’

Sun 17 January 2021 | 23:47

Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo admits Juventus were afraid of Inter’s attacking play and let them take the initiative in the game they could not have been any worse.

Juventus

suffered a 2-0 defeat against

Inter

in the game they had little to say.

The Old Lady failed to provide opportunities in front of

Samir Handanovic

’s goal and also were lucky not to concede more goals after goals from

Arturo Vidal

and

Nicolo Barella

.

Lautaro Martinez

had some chances to extend the lead but failed to score.

“We got the attitude wrong from the start and when you don’t have the determination to win the duels, it becomes difficult,”

Pirlo

told Sky Sport Italia

.

“We just didn’t step onto the pitch, we were timorous, afraid of Inter’s attacking play, so in our minds we only focused on defending and weren’t even very aggressive with that either. We allowed Inter to take the initiative and they become devastating in those circumstances.

“Individual quality can only shine if you first match the opposition in terms of aggression and determination. We didn’t do that and it showed.

“It’s a bad defeat, we could not have played worse than this and it was unexpected, but we have to lift our heads and prepare for Wednesday and the Supercoppa against Napoli.”

Juventus have collected 33 points and are sitting 5th in the Serie A table seven points behind Inter with a game in hand to be played against Napoli.


source: SportMob