Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo expressed his support for Cristiano Ronaldo after his penalty was saved and Atalanta earned a share of the points. Andrea Pirlo gave his backing to Cristiano Ronaldo after the Juventus superstar spurned an opportunity to give the Serie A champions a valuable win from the penalty spot against Atalanta.
Ronaldo saw his 61st-minute spot-kick smothered by Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw as Juve missed the opportunity to make up for Milan’s undefeated Serie A champions.
Ronaldo has now failed to score four of the 30 Bianconeri penalties, but Pirlo, the Juve legend and head coach, did not hesitate to compliment his striker’s effort.
“We had a great match against a powerful team at an outstanding pace. We were expected to take the three points home and have more wickedness and conviction. We created a lot, but we couldn’t secure the outcome, so it ended in a draw.
Anything might happen, but we took the right attitude to the field: in terms of intensity, this evening was an important game. Atalanta is a tough team to face and we have done so with an open mind,” Pirlo told reporters after the match.
“It was not an easy game but he did well. A few decisions would have changed if he had scored his penalty. He did what he had to, maybe not brilliant as usual but he is a champion, and champions miss penalties too.”