Pirlo on Verona clash and keeping the Scudetto dream alive

Fri 26 February 2021 | 15:11

The Old Lady boss talked about the difficulty of their task against Ivan Juric’s men as they continue to fight for their 10th consecutive Serie A title.


manager, Andrea Pirlo, urged his men to be




as he plans to see his men take down another tough opponent in the Serie A competition.

“It will be a very difficult and physical game,”

Pirlo told the reporters.

“Juric plays very good football, made up of many one-on-one situations.”

“We must be careful with their runs and play.”

“They are doing well and then they have added players in the transfer market compared to the first leg. Therefore, a tough challenge awaits us.”

“We can’t be surprised by their physical approach, knowing they play a similar style to Atalanta.”

“We must be careful and know how to play for each other with quick exchanges and attack the space.”

Pirlo also talked about the possibility of

Radu Dragusin

being a starter while refusing to call up their sidelined players, adding:

“No one will recover, Dragusin could be an option from the start. Luckily we have a player who returns like [Adrien] Rabiot and therefore we have an extra midfielder to rotate.”

“In addition to the youngsters, we also have [Rodrigo] Bentancur, plus [Aaron] Ramsey and [Weston] McKennie.”

“We have one more.”

When asked about changing his philosophy in recent weeks, Pirlo responded:

“It depends a lot on the matches, also on the quantity of matches and unfortunately on the few players we have available.”

“We have always rotated the same ones and therefore it’s normal that there’s a lack of energy. Then it also depends on the type of game.”

Later he talked about using

Dejan Kulusevski


Alvaro Morata


Paulo Dybala

’s back up, saying:

“Kulusevski is doing well. He’s learning a lot.”

“He’s playing in a role that is not his and we ask for a different game than his characteristics and he can do it well.”

“For the others, there’s no news. For Alvaro we will wait a few days, now he must rest until Sunday.”

“For Paulo, we evaluate the best solution to make him available as soon as possible.”

“Dybala is not at risk for an operation. He had a consultation and now we’ll see what the best treatment will be.”

“The recovery time of Dybala has unfortunately been prolonged and we haven’t been able to get him back.”

Revealing that

Federico Bernardeschi

could also start for the match, he continued:

“He has many possibilities to start. He’s one of the few who is always well.”

Pirlo further talked about their rescheduled match against


on March 17th, stating:

“We will make a virtue of necessity and play with those we have available. We knew from the beginning of the season that it would be tough.”

“In addition, there was also the postponement with Napoli which will force us to add another one in such a busy period.”

“But now that we are here, we will do our best.”

Joking about replacing his players to help them reduce the weight on their shoulders, he said:

“I’m fine, but I can’t play. I’d gladly do it, but I cant. I’ll try to adapt to those who are there, but we’ve been going on like this for some time now and we have to do this.”

“We have to make those we have perform at their best.”

Pirlo later added about their one-week trainings ahead of their Saturday clash, revealing:

“In the end, we only had a full training yesterday. The previous days were of recovery.”

“After so many games you need one more day of recovery than usual and luckily we had it.”

“Then one to work completely was yesterday and we did well.”

“Today we will finalize the preparation and tomorrow we hope to improve.”

Asked about their 2-1 loss to

FC Porto

in the first leg of the Champions League last 16, Pirlo said:

“In the Champions League, the ball goes twice as fast as in the League. They make you play completely different games.”

“We have seen it and known it for years. When you get to the Champions League, you must adapt. We know we have to, and we work a lot on this aspect.”

Further talking about

Federico Chiesa

’s ability to play on both sides admitting the player prefers to play on the right side of the pitch, Pirlo said:

“Federico plays well on both sides. On the right he feels better because he’s more used to it, but he has always performed well at left too.”

“A lot depends on the games we play and the opponents.”

Concluding about their dream of winning the 10th in a row Serie title, the Old Lady boss revealed:

“We continue to talk about it, it remains our goal. We must continue with the desire to achieve it, because it’s within our reach.”

“We are Juventus and we must continue to believe in it until the end."

source: SportMob