Monday November 23 2020
Pirlo: ‘Dybala can play with Ronaldo and Morata’

Andrea Pirlo has said Paulo Dybala can play with Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata and revealed why he treats CR7 'like Frabotta or Portanova'.

The Old Lady face the Hungarians tomorrow in Champions League and a win could allow the Bianconeri to qualify for the last-16 stage with two match in hand, provided Dynamo Kiev don’t beat Barcelona.

Juve won against Cagliari 2-0 in Saturday.

“We must continue our path, we did nothing on Saturday, it was only a good game, we must have continuity or we would not be a big team, we are Juventus,” Pirlo said at a press conference attended by Football Italia.

“We must go onto the pitch like it was a final, we need a win to earn the qualification [for the last-16 stage].

“We must make it to let other players rest in the next games,” he continued.

“We could then have two games against Dynamo Kiev and Barcelona to play in a different way and we could focus on the league [if we qualify].

“We had done other good performances before the Cagliari clash but we had the right approach on Saturday.

“Now the players know each other better, it took time to assimilate what we do during the week, we’ll try to improve.

“We know Ferencvaros’s strengths. We don’t have to see the result of the first game, we know they play a good football, we must face them as we know. It’s going to be a decisive game for the qualification.

“It’s an important game to give continuity to performances and to gain self-confidence. Players are not aware of how much they can improve. It’s a journey we’ve begun two months ago, and now we are witnessing some positive performances, but we must continue or Saturday’s game would be useless.”

With Merih Demiral, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci injured, Matthijs de Ligt will be the only centre-back available for the game tomorrow.

“We only have four defenders, Alex Sandro and Danilo will play," Pirlo revealed.

“In midfield I’ll decide between [Dejan] Kulusevksi and [Federico] Chiesa who is coming back from an injury. He played a few minutes against Cagliari but I don’t think he is ready to play 90 minutes. [Federico] Bernardeschi did a great game, he played well with the national team too. He can play tomorrow.

"[Paulo ]Dybala is ready,” Pirlo added.

“He is feeling well and has been training with continuity, he did well against Cagliari, we’ll see if he starts.”

But can La Joya play with Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata?

“Unfortunately we never had all of them together, they only trained together for a few days. We’ve been thinking about this solution since the beginning of the season.

“We need to give a structure to the team and find balance first and then we’ll try to find a solution to make them play together.”

Which relationship does he have with Cristiano Ronaldo?

“I behave with him as I do with the others. I always try to be available, we are simple and serious people and we get along. I treat him in the same way I treat [Gianluca] Frabotta and [Manolo] Portanova who come from the U-23, that’s how I am, that’s what I used to do as a footballer.”