Andrea Pirlo says Juventus have the ‘duty’ to put pressure on leaders Inter, is without Alex Sandro against Benevento and needs to ascertain ‘the overall play improve.’
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“It’s a crucial game and comes just before a break for international duty, so it’s possible minds will wander towards what’s happening next week,” said the coach in his press conference.
“However, this is often a fundamental match for our campaign, we are up against a team in an exceedingly good period of form, I do know their coach well and he’ll come here trying to get a result.”
Pirlo was teammates with Pippo Inzaghi both for Milan and within the Italy squad that won the 2006 World Cup .
“I haven’t spoken to Pippo lately, but I always follow his progress with affection. He did so well to win the Serie B title last year and is proving himself to be a superb coach.”
Juve are without Paulo Dybala, Aaron Ramsey, Merih Demiral and Alex Sandro, while Rodrigo Bentancur has recovered from COVID, but Juan Cuadrado is suspended.
“Gigi Buffon is feeling better, he trained and we’ll see if he will play tomorrow. We are all expecting Dybala, who will have a week or two more to work in time for his return.
“Alvaro Morata is ok and can start, as will Dejan Kulusevski. I used to be impressed with the tactical approach we took against Cagliari, but I had no doubts that it might . When everyone sacrifices themselves in both defence and attack, it all becomes easier.
“I want to ascertain our overall play improve. We’ll have longer to figure in training now, to whittle away certain mechanisms that simply take time to develop. We’ll consider organising the play, as we’ve got the squad to enhance our quality of football.”
Leaders Inter won’t play this weekend, as their game with Sassuolo tonight was postponed because of a COVID outbreak within the Nerazzurri squad.
“It is our duty to place pressure on Inter, as we’ve the chance to shut the gap, but it all depends on us. We asked for information and accepted it. various things are wiped out this case compared to other situations.
“It happens during a positive moment for Inter, who also will be ready to keep hold of their players instead of send them on international duty. therein sense, they were fortunate.”
Pirlo was also asked about the on-going reports regarding Cristiano Ronaldo’s future following Champions League elimination.
“Ronaldo has another year on his contract and that we are happy he can continue twiddling with us. On a technical and tactical level, we haven’t even considered the longer term .”