Andrea Pirlo urges ‘angry’ Juventus players not to give up Champions League hopes after damaging AC Milan defeat and insists he is ‘NOT afraid’ of looting with hope at the top four for the trip to Sassuolo
- Andrea Pirlo called on his players to believe in qualifying for the Champions League
- Pirlo’s plea came after Juventus’ damaging 3-0 defeat to AC Milan on Sunday
- The loss in Turin meant that Juventus fell out of the top four and into fifth place
- They run the risk of failing to qualify for the club competition for the first time
Andrea Pirlo called on his Juventus players to continue to believe in Champions League qualification after they were left furious by a damaging 3-0 defeat to AC Milan on Sunday.
The loss in Turin meant Juve dropped out of the top four and into fifth place, one point behind Napoli in fourth place, with three games to go.
Pirlo’s squad runs the risk of failing to qualify for the top European competition for the first time in ten years ahead of their trip to Sassuolo on Wednesday.
Andrea Pirlo called on his players to continue to believe in Champions League qualification
‘We are very angry. I don’t want to see any dismissal on the faces of the players, ‘Pirlo said at a press conference.
‘We are Juventus and we cannot resign. We have to fight to the end. ‘
Pirlo was part of the AC Milan team that famously took a 3-0 lead to lose to Liverpool on penalties after a 3-3 draw in the 2005 Champions League final, and he used the match as an example of how things can change quickly. .
‘I’ve seen it all, I lost a Champions League final after winning 3-0 at halftime. We still have the opportunity to achieve our goal, ”he said.
Pirlo’s plea for his players came after Juventus’ damaging 3-0 defeat to AC Milan on Sunday
The loss in Turin meant Juventus dropped out of the top four and dropped to fifth place in Serie A.
‘The disappointment was great because we lost 3-0 in an important match and a head-to-head encounter with a rival.
But like I said, anything can happen in football and our goal has not changed. It’s up to us and we hope they will slip away. We have a duty to believe to the end. ‘
Juventus’ poor season, in which they were also knocked out of the Champions League by Porto in the last 16 leg, has led to widespread reports that Pirlo will be replaced at the end of the season.
‘I am not afraid, I only think about the good of Juventus, that is more important than anything. Then the results will determine whether or not I will be the coach, ‘he said.