Juventus resumes action against Udinese tomorrow from its Christmas break, with coach Andrea Pirlo insisting that after the Fiorentina fiasco, the players have learned their lesson from him.
“That success I never want to see again. We got back together for training on Monday and after a bad performance, I saw a team eager to get back out there.”
Udinese opponents are sitting on the table in the twelfth position and will pose a test for Juve.
“It’s a tough game to come up with, as Udinese are in good shape, physical, coordinated, and dangerous in counter-attack terms. We have to concentrate on their attackers and the midfielders who press up, the protective marking.
We know Roberto Pereyra well already because he was part of our squad here, so it’s going to be a very hard match.”
After being sent off in the Viola game, Juan Cuadrado is out for the game, but Arthur Melo, Merih Demiral, and Giorgio Chiellini are all back in training.
“We were talking about that game and it was all wrong, from the attitude to every aspect. It was a terrible way to bring 2020 to an end. We had a successful meeting where our plans and what had happened were addressed, so it was a positive encounter.
That success I never want to see again. Recently, we’ve changed in several respects, but I’m sure we can do much more.”
Pirlo has ended his first half-season, so what are his thoughts so far?
“We need to assess circumstances in their entirety, just like when I was a player, and look at the larger picture. It’s too quick in the media to see you go from hero to nothing, but I’m used to it, having been a top-level player already. Nothing fresh is it.
You’re going to run into a lot of difficulties when you’re in charge of Juve and have to take on a lot of responsibility, but I’m ready for it.”