Head coach Andrea Pirlo of Juventus expressed his hopes for the first semi-final of the Italian Cup against Inter, scheduled for February 2.
“I want to see a team that is conscious of their power. It’s the first of the two matches, it’s not conclusive, and we have to treat the game smartly,” Pirlo told Club TV.
“We’re going to need improvements. Buffon’s going to start, Ramsey’s not going to play due to muscle issues, but we hope he’ll be ready on Saturday. We have not lost the will to win, it will be crucial to our ambition.”
“We learned a lot from our Series A game (0-2). We have learned that when we lose our concentration, we stop being Juventus. In three days, we were blessed to have the game against Napoli, so we were able to get our concentration back to the correct level.
We don’t have to relax now. The second half of the season has just started. A lot of matches are ahead of you. As normal, I expect Inter to play. We know their coach well, and we’re excited about what might happen.
On the counter-attack, they are good defensively and dangerous and running into free areas, we have to be extremely careful.”