Andrea Pirlo calls his Juventus side ‘young’ and ‘naive’ after Federico Chiesa was shown red in their 1-1 draw against newly promoted Crotone
- Andrea Pirlo called his team ‘young’ and ‘naive’ after they had drawn 1-1 on Saturday
- Pirlo says players like Federico Chiesa would benefit from more experience
- Chiesa got a straight red card for a studs-up challenge on Luca Cigarini
- However, Pirlo missed Cristiano Ronaldo, Alex Sandro and Paulo Dybala
Andrea Pirlo called his team ‘young’ and ‘naive’ after they were tied 1-1 against newly promoted Crotone on Saturday.
Pirlo believes that players like Federico Chiesa, who signed during Fiorentina’s recent transfer window, need to gain experience to grow up after receiving a straight red card for a studs-up challenge against Luca Cigarini.
Pirlo claims the international breakthrough prevented such growth within the squad and admits that the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Alex Sandro, Aaron Ramsey and Paulo Dybala played a part in their defeat.
Andrea Pirlo called his team ‘young’ and ‘naive’ after Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Crotone
“Unfortunately, due to our mistakes in the last two games, we have dropped to 10 men, but we are a young team that has to work and with so many internationals there has not been much time for that,” he said. DAZN.
‘Young players need to gain experience playing in matches and they may make naive mistakes as part of the learning process.
‘We have built a team with quality, but it is still work in progress and will take time. The boys will learn by making mistakes, unfortunately that also means taking a few risks in the early games of the season.
Pirlo believes that players like Federico Chiesa would benefit from more experience
Chiesa received a straight red card on Saturday for a studs-up challenge against Luca Cigarini
“We’ve made a few mistakes in the timing of the press, but like I said, these things happen when we still get the machine running. We only really spent half an hour on this tactical move during practice yesterday, so it will improve. ‘
In addition, Pirlo missed Cristiano Ronaldo and Weston McKennie after the pair tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday.
While Alex Sandro, Aaron Ramsey and Paulo Dybala remained unavailable for the Juve boss while recovering from injury.
Due to the absence of such players, Pirlo looked to those less experienced players to set up.
Pirlo also missed Cristiano Ronaldo and Weston McKennie after testing positive for Covid
Alex Sandro, Aaron Ramsey and Paulo Dybala (above) were also unavailable due to injury
However, the manager admitted they had ‘very little time’ to practice their new formation prior to their match with Crotone.
He said: ‘We had very little time to practice, we had our first practice together yesterday. We have players like Chiesa and Morata attacking space, so the idea was to find passes between the lines, and that’s how the goal came about. ‘
Crotone’s boss, Giovanni Stroppa, was proud of his performance, but claims his party should have benefited from Chiesa’s red card.
“We’ve conceded a few goals with naive mistakes, but I still think we’re on the right track,” he said after the game.
‘We could have made more of the extra man and been sharper in the last third, taking them one-on-one, but we still did well with 11 to 11 and 11 to 10.
“This is not the best Juve team, but we saw that they still had remarkable talent to come off the bench and bring new elements to the side, so we can be proud of this result.”