Thursday December 17 2020
Pirlo: ‘Morata made me angry’

Andrea Pirlo admits Alvaro Morata made him angry ‘but played a great game’ and insists Juventus need more concentration to win games.

“We played against a strong team, with great rhythm, but on that floor we played on par with them," Pirlo told Sky Sport after Juventus' 1-1 draw against Atalanta.

“We must win those games where we need to make a step forward. Instead, we have sinned a little 'lightness in some cases and we could not win the game. We must take these games home with a little more wickedness and concentration."

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty in the first half.

“It’s a pity because it would have helped us to go ahead, but these things can happen," Pirlo said.

Juventus have only kept one clean sheet in the last nine games.

“On Sunday we conceded a goal from the only shot we had against. It’s not about goals, it’s about how we face the games. We had many chances to take the lead, we are improving, this game was important in terms of intensity."

Dejan Kulusevski remained on the bench for 90 minutes.

“He is a young player, he’s played a lot so far. He’s made big steps but he is more suitable for some games and less suitable for others. This wasn't a game for him, there were aggressive defenders and we needed to play vertically.”

Paulo Dybala came in for the last 10 minutes but La Joya had made people talk last weekend, including Juventus’ president Andrea Agnelli, with his statements about his contract extension.

"The club is in charge of these matters. I train all the players and I only think to train him on the pitch.”

How did it react to Alvaro Morata’s miss in the first half?

"It made me very angry, it’s something we can not afford, these opportunities can channel the game in a certain way," Pirlo said at a press conference.

"One must have the lucidity to make the right choice and he didn’t. Aside from that he made a great game, it happens not to score goals sometimes.”