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Pirlo puts the blame on lack of Juve "experience"

Sun 28 February 2021 | 20:13

Juventus coach, Andrea Pirlo put the blame on lack of experience for his team 1-1 tie against Hellas Verona. "They press you all over the pitch."

Juve

 

lost points again and currently are at risk of getting distance from leaders Inter.

Juve started very strong but seemingly their energy ran out as the game continued, as Juve’s first goal scored by Ronaldo was canceled out by an Antonin Barak header.

“It’s disappointing, as we knew it would be a difficult and hard-fought game. We managed to take the lead, which was the most difficult part, then didn’t keep hold of it,”

Pirlo

 

told

DAZN

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“There are these small details that unfortunately young players don’t understand can make the difference and lead to points.

“When you are in front, you must try to bring these games home. I asked Cristiano and Alex Sandro to speak to them and make their voices heard, but it wasn’t enough.”

“I thought about moving to four at the back, but I looked to the bench and didn’t really have the options to change. I saw some players who were starting to get tired after the hour mark, but that was to be expected.

“We planned a 3-4-2-1 with Aaron Ramsey and Dejan Kulusevski behind Ronaldo, so we’d press their center-backs and support Ronaldo.

“In the second half, we no longer had the energy to keep pressing them and the spaces opened up for Verona. We know the intensity of Verona forces you to use up a lot of energy, and we are playing many games in quick succession, there aren’t enough players, so fatigue is going to be an issue.

“Hellas press you all over the pitch, so you have to think quickly before the ball reaches you to check where your teammates are and can make the pass before they close you down.

“We had the chances to extend our lead, it’s just a pity we didn’t hold on to that advantage. We don’t have strikers who can just hold up the ball, so we need to play out from the back. It was tough today, as Verona pressed high, and the pitch wasn’t in the best condition either.”

Pirlo

 

continued on being too dependent on Ronaldo:

“We’re in an emergency situation, but try to work well with what we have. It’s not just us who miss players like Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata, but any team would miss them.”

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