After catching the Serie A champions cold twice at Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday, Porto will be traveling to Turin for the second leg with a 2-1 lead.
With a terrible pass to goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny after just over a minute, Rodrigo Bentancur gifted Mehdi Taremi a Champions League goal, while Moussa Marega doubled Porto’s advantage just after the break.
Before Chiesa gave them hope when he struck eight minutes from time, Juve scarcely presented a challenge in a flat show, with Cristiano Ronaldo refused a death penalty in a miserable return to his homeland.
Pirlo felt that after such an early setback in proceedings, Juve, who lost Captain Giorgio Chiellini to a calf injury in the first half, had failed to recover.
After the first minute, the approach went wrong. When you have conceded a goal like this, it is natural to be a little frightened, you lack the guarantees that [at this stage of the competition] should never be missing, “The approach became wrong after the first minute. When you have conceded a goal like this it is normal to be a little scared, you lack the certainties that should never be lacking [at this stage of the competition],”
“The boys are a little down, we conceded a strange goal, then the match they wanted to play was set up and it became much more difficult.”
“The tiredness after so many challenging matches is there, it is not easy to keep the same pace, but it shouldn’t have happened. Fortunately, we got back on track, now we will focus on the return [leg].”After so many difficult matches, there is tiredness, it’s not easy to keep the same pace, but it shouldn’t have happened. Fortunately, we got back on track, now we’re going to concentrate on the [leg] return.
Alvaro Morata was dealing with sickness, and Pirlo revealed that the striker still felt unwell after the game, although he came on midway through the second half.
He said: “Morata was not well, he has not been at his best for a few days. He came on when he needed to, but after the game he felt faint, he was a bit on the edge.”
Next month, Danilo will be suspended for the second leg after a full-back yellow card was revealed.