Tuesday December 1 2020
Pirlo doesn't mind the critics: 'I'm used to it'

Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said he’s ‘used to being criticised’ ahead of the match against Dynamo Kiev. ‘It just means that I annoy someone’.

Pirlo, who started his first experience as a coach when he replaced Maurizio Sarri at the Allianz Stadium over the summer, has received criticism as his team struggle to convince in Serie A.

“I like the criticism, it just means that I annoy someone, and I have been used to this for many years,” Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia.

“This match will be important for our growth. We need to play a good game and improve. We need to get the continuity that we lack.”

The coach revealed Giorgio Chiellini has suffered another injury setback and reiterated he will rest Juan Cuadrado and Danilo tomorrow.

“Chiellini has a problem in the other thigh, we will evaluate it tomorrow,” he said. “We will rotate anyway. Cuadrado and Danilo will rest.

“[Paulo] Dybala will start on the bench because [Alvaro] Morata will be suspended for the Derby.”

He didn’t want to confirm if Swedish winger Dejan Kulusevski starts against the Ukrainians.

“It depends on the others and how they have recovered,” he said. “He’s an important player who needs to develop, he’s on a path.

“He will play many games and he must find continuity.”

Referee Stephanie Frappart will be the first female match official in a men’s Champions League match when Juventus host Dynamo Kiev and Pirlo said he was happy ‘there’s no difference between men and women’.

“We will be refereed by a good match official; something we have seen that in the past. We are happy to experience her and that there’s no difference between men and women.”