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Up against Atalanta to expect tempo and intensity - Andrea Pirlo

Tue 18 May 2021 | 17:48

Juventus will face Atalanta in the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday at the Mapei Stadium. Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo expects tempo and intensity from the La Dea.

I don’t think it’ll be a defensive game at all, because everyone knows when you’re up against Atalanta to expect shots on target, tempo and intensity,

” said Pirlo in his press conference which qouted by

Football Italia

.

“It’s practically a European level game. We are ready, we know them and what to expect. There’s a trophy to be lifted, we earned our place in the Final and now we want to bring this cup home. We can think about the rest from Thursday.

“The mentality will not be affected by Serie A, as we are focused only on the Final. What happened is in the past, so until tomorrow evening all we need to think about is bringing home this trophy.”

Despite his problems in Serie A and the Champions League, Pirlo won the Italian Super Cup and could win another trophy.

“I am fortunate to have two Finals in my first season, whereas this is only Gian Piero Gasperini’s second in his career. We had two different career paths, but we are two different coaches with very different personalities.

“He brought Atalanta to play the Champions League knockouts and his team’s success is recognised all over Europe. I am just at the start of my career and hope to have many more finals like this.”

Pirlo was angry when asked about his continuation on the Juventus bench.

“I already answered this question a thousand times. I am just focused on doing my work well, by winning tomorrow and on Sunday. We’ll have to time to talk about the future.”

In the game against Inter,

Paulo Dybala

and

Alvaro Morata

were on the bench and 

Dejan Kulusevski

played alongside

Cristiano Ronaldo

. Who will be Ronaldo's partner in the match against

Atalanta

?

“We have a few different options, as the forward players are all in good shape. We’ll decide tomorrow. The team is doing well physically and we did very well against Inter even down to 10 men. However, the mentality is more important than physical fitness at this stage,”

This is the first Italian game of 2021 that will be held in front of the fans; 4300 people will be allowed to attend the Mapei Stadium.

It’s wonderful and exciting. We played some Champions League games with a few fans and you really do notice the difference,

” added Pirlo.

“There are teams accustomed to having pressure on them and the fans cheering them on, they can help increase focus and enthusiasm. We are one of those teams, we need to feel that stimulation from the crowd and we missed it at times this year.”

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