Juventus shouldn’t need a slap to wake up even though the atmosphere on the pitch is overpowering, coach Andrea Pirlo said after Serie A champions tripped over a game 1-1 draw against Verona on Sunday
Pirlo said he could understand that players could be influenced by appearing in nearly empty stadiums during the COVID-19 pandemic, but added that it was something they would have to adapt to
« We played a wait-and-see game in the first half, we weren’t aggressive in the midfield although we had the best chances, » said Pirlo, whose team fell behind after one o’clock
« There was a good reaction after their goal but we shouldn’t need a slap to wake us up »
« It’s one thing to play in the Champions League with a crowd that increases your level of attention, » said Pirlo, whose side will host Barcelona in the top European competition on Wednesday.
« Tonight the mood was more soporific but it takes more determination – these things are also winning matches »
« They get you into one-on-one battles all over the pitch, » he says « We worked to avoid their high press and it worked better in the second half It’s tough against them but we could have done better »
« We did very well for an hour but then we fell, we didn’t have the right energy, » said the Croatian who got angry with the Juve bench at the final whistle
« There have been insults and when I am insulted, I react », he said « But it stops there »
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