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Pirlo careful of Napoli "pace and technique"

Tuesday19 January 2021 | 19:22
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Andrea Pirlo says that Napoli's "pace and technique" can differ the situation in the Supercoppa, but Juventus want to "prove we’re not the team we saw" against Inter.

It kicks off on Wednesday at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia.

“Napoli are a very strong team with a lot of pace and technique in the side, so we must be wary of them,”

Pirlo

announced in his press conference.

“They have a defence that works very tightly, so we must make the most of the scoring opportunities that we create.”

Merih Demiral is the latest injured player, alongside Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado, Alex Sandro and Matthijs de Ligt.

“Gigi Buffon has a few problems, so Wojciech Szczesny will start in goal. It’s an important match, a Final, it comes after a bad defeat in Serie A, so we are eager to get back out there with determination and hunger to bring home the trophy.

“When you lose like that, you wouldn’t repeat anything, so it’s all a learning experience. We’re determined to turn over a new leaf, cancel out Sunday’s game and fortunately we’re back on the field straight away, so we can prove that we’re not the team we saw at San Siro. I didn’t say we were afraid of Inter, just that we were timorous compared to the attitude we should’ve had.

“I am disappointed for the players, especially as some were attacked unfairly. I’d prefer for the critics to attack me rather than them. There’s no turning point, no crossroads, there’s just a Final to win and that’s why we are here.”

With Dybala out, reportedly Dejan Kulusevski will be opted instead of Alvaro Morata in the starting XI.

“It depends on how we want to play and approach the game. I have an idea in my head, but we’ll see how the players recover and who will start.”

Pirlo

put aside questions about Juve feeling sated after nine continues Scudetto titles.

“If a team won nine years in a row, that’s not a coincidence. It was earned with hard work and we have the same ambition, because Juve will always challenge for trophies, and we have the same hunger to win a 10th consecutive title."

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