Andrea Pirlo believes Juventus 'played the match we expected to' in their 1-0 loss to Atalanta, and he is sure they'll have no issue meeting all requirements for the Champions League.
The Old Lady dropped down to the fourth spot, and it very well may be fifth around evening time if
figure out how to beat
at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
Ruslan Malinovskyi's redirected shot off Alex Sandro had a decisive impact at the minute 87 in Bergamo.
"It was a good game against a strong team. We played the match we needed to, then they were lucky with the late goal, but we played with great determination and aggression. It's disappointing, we could've brought home at least a point," Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia.
got in the starting lineup after three months but had next to no effect for the team at the Gewiss Stadium.
"He hadn't started in a long time, so facing a physical side like Atalanta meant he couldn't possibly do 90 minutes. He did well as long as his physique held up.
"Federico Chiesa and Danilo had a few problems during the week too. Some were struggling a bit, but Ronaldo was not in condition to play."
Notwithstanding the loss, Pirlo was intrigued with the Juventus display against Atalanta, who they will confront again in theCoppa Italia
Final on May 19.
"We have not faced all our games with the same attitude and determination. It's a completely different team when we have those elements, but despite me pointing it out, we have dropped too many points by not having the right attitude in the smaller fixtures.
"We knew Atalanta would make it a duel all over the field, so that's how we prepared it. We kept good possession, covered the spaces, Atalanta can force you to play differently to other situations, but we did well."
This setback affirms the Bianconeri have not won aSerie A
match this season without
, overseeing just three draws and this loss.
"It's no coincidence Ronaldo scored 25 goals this season and he was excellent in the first leg with Atalanta too. He suits these games well and is our main finisher. When missing the killer instinct in the box, it's slightly different.
"We still created our chances today, though, so I don't think it made that much difference."
Juve slide down to the fourth place and could wind up being fifth around evening time if Gattuso's men beat Inter. Does Pirlo dread passing up Champions League qualification?
"We have to focus only on ourselves. If we play with this spirit and desire to bring home the result, I am convinced there will be no problem achieving our objective."
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