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The first time Ronaldo was happy to be subbed off - Pirlo

Sat 15 May 2021 | 23:49

The Juventus manager admitted that 'it was the first time Ronaldo was happy to be subbed off' and talks about what they lacked this season.


are now sitting fourth following their 3-2 victory over


, with


being only two points adrift of them with one game in hand against Fiorentina tomorrow.


We should have had the same determination and desire to fight on every ball also in the other games of the season,"

Andrea Pirlo


Sky Sport Italia


"If we had done so, we would not be fighting for a top-four finish at this point. We made too many mistakes in games that seemed easy on paper."

"We've asked ourselves many times what we've lacked this season. We didn't have the same fire burning inside. We had to turn the light on again to fight the title and a top-four finish. The lads have proved they are up to the task in big games,"

the coach added.

"This group has a lot to give, we have many young players, but playing for Juventus means having more responsibility. It takes time to adapt.

"We shouldn't have dropped so many points, but this is a good team, we have room for improvement, there is a good base to work well."

When Quizzed whether Pirlo departs when the campaign ends, he added:

"I haven't thought about the future. I was only focused on today's game. We'll talk about the future later on."

In the second half of the game,

Cristiano Ronaldo

was sent off the pitch. Although it was his first substitution in a league match this season, he chose to go to the dressing room than following his teammates’ final minutes.


I think it was the first time he was happy to be subbed off. We were one man down, and he'd have been chasing shadows. He was happy and smiling in the dressing room,"

Pirlo concluded.

source: SportMob