With an exciting duel in Turin, Juventus and Porto demonstrated all the charms of football in two hours of relentless fighting, and the dramatic end of the match went to the guests who, despite the defeat (2: 3), placed among the eight best teams of the Old Continent.
The end of the international trip disappointed everyone at Juventus, and Andrea Pirlo admitted that the duel with the Portuguese team left a bitter taste in his mouth. "Four mistakes in two Champions League games is a lot, too much.
It's normal to be eliminated after that," said the Juventus strategist. Despite being eliminated in the round of 16, the Italian coach once again emphasized that he is not afraid for his future. "I'm working on a project that I started a few months ago and that has a broader vision.
This year is just the beginning, so I'm continuing to work calmly. I'm not happy because I wanted to advance in the Champions League, this will be a great test for me." Although the Turin club had a player for more than 54 minutes, they failed to break the rival and reach the result that brings the next phase.
"We haven't done anything wrong in the period since we had a numerical advantage, the only solution was to expand them as much as possible and fill the field well. They gave us a chance, and then we had to reach the goal."
The moment of decision was a free kick by Sergio Oliveira. The ball passed through the legs of Cristiano Ronaldo and ended up in the net. "Our players thought he couldn't endanger a goal from that distance, but unfortunately we paid for it by relegation.
Usually, it doesn't happen, in my opinion, they didn't understand the importance of shooting and they weren't afraid of conceding a goal, they underestimated him. " Juventus will not have much time to think about the slap he received on the international scene, considering that they will face challenges in the championship this weekend.
"We have to turn a new page even if the bitter taste will last a few days. We have to dive into the championship because we are only in March and we still have a lot of games. We will have to face them in the best possible way and try to improve the table position.
"Pirlo said. With an exciting duel in Turin, Juventus and Porto demonstrated all the charms of football in two hours of relentless fighting, and the dramatic end of the match went to the guests who, despite the defeat (2: 3), placed among the eight best teams of the Old Continent.