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Sunday February 28 2021
Media watch: doubts about Juventus’ quality

Andrea Pirlo’s choices were questioned on Italian sports papers and Il Corriere dello Sport wrote there are ‘doubts about the quality of Juventus’ after their 1-1 draw against Verona. 

Juventus had seven players out of aciton with injuries, including Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Juan Cuadrado, Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata.

Danilo was suspended. Therefore Pirlo had to deploy Alex Sandro in a three-man defence, but Barak out-jumped the Brazilian on the header to score the equalizer for the hosts.

Andrea Pirlo's tactical choices were questioned on Italian sports papers.

“He prefered playing Alex Sandro out of position rather than take a risk with Dragusin. Juventus lacked intensity and movement without the ball. Why didn’t he start McKennie?” wrote La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Pirlo had no real substitutions available, but Juventus left doubts about their real quality, both in attack and defence,” was the comment on Il Corriere dello Sport.

Pirlo was rated 5.5/10 by each of the three Italian sports papers and looked irritable during an interview with Sky Sport when his choices were questioned.

Verona-Juve: player ratings from Italian sports papers

Gazzetta:
Verona: Silvestri 6; Magnani 6.5, Gunter 6, Lovato 5; Faraoni 6 (Dawidowicz 84 N/A), Sturaro 5.5 (Vieira 67 6), Ilic 5.5 (Veloso 46 7), Dimarco 5 (Lazovic 52 7); Barak 6.5, Zaccagni 6.5 (Bessa 84 N/A); Lasagna 5

Juventus: Szczesny 6.5; Demiral 5, De Ligt 6, Alex Sandro 5; Chiesa 6.5 (Di Pardo 87 N/A), Bentancur 5.5, Rabiot 6, Bernardeschi 5.5; Ramsey 5 (McKennie 68 6); Kulusevski 5.5, Ronaldo 5

Corriere dello Sport:

Verona: Silvestri 6; Magnani 6.5, Gunter 6, Lovato 5.5; Faraoni 7 (Dawidowicz 84 N/A), Sturaro 5.5 (Vieira 67 6), Ilic 5 (Veloso 46 7), Dimarco 6.5 (Lazovic 52 7); Barak 6.5, Zaccagni 6.5 (Bessa 84 N/A); Lasagna 6

Juventus: Szczesny 7; Demiral 5, De Ligt 6.5, Alex Sandro 5.5; Chiesa 6.5 (Di Pardo 87 N/A), Bentancur 6, Rabiot 5.5, Bernardeschi 5.5; Ramsey 5 (McKennie 68 5.5); Kulusevski 6.5, Ronaldo 6.5

Tuttosport:

Verona: Silvestri 6; Magnani 6.5, Gunter 6.5, Lovato 6; Faraoni 6.5 (Dawidowicz 84 N/A), Sturaro 6 (Vieira 67 6), Ilic 5.5 (Veloso 46 7), Dimarco 6.5 (Lazovic 52 7); Barak 7.5, Zaccagni 6.5 (Bessa 84 N/A); Lasagna 5.5

Juventus: Szczesny 6.5; Demiral 5, De Ligt 6, Alex Sandro 6.5; Chiesa 6.5 (Di Pardo 87 N/A), Bentancur 6, Rabiot 5.5, Bernardeschi 5.5; Ramsey 5.5 (McKennie 68 5); Kulusevski 5.5, Ronaldo 6