Juventus beat Parma 3-1 to gain ground at second-placed AC Milan who had lost earlier in the day, with only one point now separating the pair although Atalanta can lamfrog both sides with a victory over AS Roma tomorrow.
Speaking after the game, coach Andrea Pirlo was disappointed by his side falling behind again to a preventable goal from a direct free kick.
“We made life difficult for ourselves with the opening goal, then ran a few more risks on set plays, and it’s a shame because we’ve done well defending dead ball situations this season.
“We did well to turn it around and the win was important to our confidence, as we played well and needed to take home the three points.
“We have intuitive players, but we also have to instruct them on the jobs to hold. They did better in the second half than the first, especially with the body positioning to receive the ball. We were too far in the first half and that slowed down the passing movement.
“We may not maintain the same concentration and pace of match to match. Sometimes we are a little slow, we hold on to the ball, allow the opposition to occupy the space and it all grinds to a halt. ”
Cristiano Ronaldo was widely banded for his role in the wall in the Champions League game against Porto which allowed the visitors to nab the crucial away goal, and was to blame today for the opener when he didn’t jump.
“Unfortunately, these things are happening, but we’ll evaluate it over the next few days.”
All the talk of the last few days has been about the Super League, with the separation consortium now appearing dead and buried. Club President Andrea Agnelli quit his leadership role at the European Club Association to become vice chairman of the failed venture.
“Agnelli explained what was happening, but the most important thing was to secure a place in the top four to qualify for the Champions League. He assured and encouraged us before this match. ”
Pirlo was asked his opinion on the fairness of the Super League, with only twenty-five spots open to teams showing merit in their domestic leagues.
“I talked about it already yesterday, as did the President and the director. We all know the same things. Something needs to change at the European level, because the ideas put forward were good, but we are also open to other suggestions and will respect the rules. ”