Thursday March 20 2014
Pirlo: 'I looked at the wall'

Andrea Pirlo explained his free kick technique against Fiorentina and pledged to sign a new Juventus deal.

The veteran midfielder smashed a free kick into the far top corner for the 1-0 victory, which sent the Bianconeri into the Europa League quarter-final 2-1 on aggregate.

“I am happy to have scored two important goals in under a week, as it means we can get closer to the objectives we set ourselves,” said Pirlo, referring also to his free kick against Genoa in Serie A.

“How do I decide which way to take free kicks? I make my decision at the last moment. This time I looked at the wall and decided to hit it with more power.

“We knew it was a long game and suffered in the opening stages, but then we had our chances and were always convinced we’d get through.

“Fiorentina were a difficult obstacle, but after going out of the Champions League it was important to do well in this tournament.”

Pirlo’s contract expires in June, but he reassured fans that he is not going anywhere.

“It’s only natural some people say I’m getting old, but I still have fun with my football. I don’t know if the contract will be this month, but I do know that I’m staying at Juventus.”

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