Once again, Juventus fall to a slow start against Lazio and were down in just 14 minutes. Despite the early loss, Juve fought back to win 3-1.
After the 3-0 victory against Spezia, Pirlo called on players to improve on a slow start, but still struggled against Lazio. Juve staged a remarkable comeback to keep the pressure on the Scudetto race.
“We started badly and conceded with our poor backpass. But then there was a strong reaction from the whole team, despite missing so many players,” Pirlo said.
“We didn’t let our heads drop, we started to step up the tempo and that was the most important thing,” he added.
Pirlo gave Cristiano Ronaldo a break lining up Federico Bernandeschi at left-back and Danilo in the middle. In a 4-2-3-1 formation, Alvaro Morata started up front and the Spanish striker netted a brace.
“We thought about Tuesday’s game, we have some players who have barely trained, like Juan Cuadrado and Arthur. We knew tonight was like a final. Some had to play in new positions and showed great professionalism and spirit of sacrifice,” proud Pirlo said.
He added, “The most important thing was the three points. Danilo was ready to work in central midfield, while Bernardeschi deserves all the compliments for playing as a left-back.
“What I liked the most was the reaction of the team. As we didn’t accept being behind in such a delicate and important game, so it was that spirit I appreciated.”
Federico Chiesa in a separate interview highlighted his role in the side and what Pirlo had said about the team’s mentality.
“I do what the coach asks of me. Winning the ball back comes above all from the team pressing and not just individuals. The assist was mine. But I was able to get the ball because we all worked so hard to win it back.
He concluded, “After tonight, I think we’re all in great shape. Something sparked within us. And from now on, every game is a Final, whether it’s in Serie A, the Champions League, or Coppa Italia.”