Andrea Pirlo Slams Juventus Players After Tame Defeat to Title Rivals Inter Milan

 

Andrea Pirlo criticised the attitude of his Juventus players and said they could not have performed worse after their 2-0 defeat at Serie A title rivals Inter on Sunday. Nicolo Barella was at the center of things, creating one for Arturo Vidal and scoring another, as Antonio Conte’s side got the better of their bitter rivals.

The visitors rarely looked threatening, and Pirlo launched an attack on his players following the match.

“It’s a bad defeat, we could not have played worse than this and it was unexpected, but we have to lift our heads and prepare for Wednesday and the Supercoppa against Napoli,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“We got the attitude wrong from the start and when you don’t have the determination to win duels, it becomes difficult. We just didn’t step onto the pitch, we were timorous, afraid of Inter’s attacking play, so in our minds we only focused on defending and weren’t even very aggressive with that either. We allowed Inter to take the initiative and they became devastating in those circumstances.

“Individual quality can only shine if you first match the opposition in terms of aggression and determination. We didn’t do that and it showed.”

The defeat leaves Juventus fifth on the Serie A table, seven points off the top, where Milan and Inter sit level on 40 points. However, Pirlo is not about to admit defeat in the race for the title, though.

“Our ambitions remain the same,” he added. “It’s a slip-up against a strong opponent, these things happen, but what I am disappointed by is the attitude. A side like Juventus must come here with a certain confidence and ambition, the desire to take the initiative and steer the game in a certain direction, but we were too timid.

“The coach is always the first to take the blame, because if the team didn’t do what we planned, it means we didn’t understand the plan. We were disorganised on the opening goal, didn’t follow their through runs and were caught out. It all became more difficult from there.”