The reigning champion of the Italian Serie A, Juventus, witnessed the first defeat under their new coach this week. After remaining 12 straight league matches as unbeaten, The Old Lady suffered their tragic loss in the 13th Serie A game of this season. However, it was also the biggest loss that they have ever faced since they moved to their new stadium from the Allianz Stadium in 2011.
Juan Cuadrado received a yellow card in the 18th minute of the game after he challenged Gaetano Castrovilli. The referee opted for a VAR and upgraded it to a red card as he found the nasty challenge right on the shin. It was also the 200th match of Cuadrado for the Italian giants. Dusan Vlahovic scored the first goal for Fiorentina followed by an own goal by Alex Sandro. Finally, Martin Caceres sealed the deal for the club.
Andrea Pirlo blamed the attitude of his players after Juventus suffered a 0-3 defeat against Fiorentina
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While talking about the tragic red card and the following loss, Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia, “What happened with the red card cannot be used as an alibi.” He added, “The result was not down to Fiorentina’s attitude but the lack of ours.” He further said, “When this is the case you face bad situations like this.”
The Juventus manager said, “In games before Christmas it can happen when you have your mind on the holidays. We were unfocused and could not recover.” He then also added, “The images for the sending off seem clear to me. There could have been some decisions in our favor, but that’s not something I want to comment on – you can see for yourself.”
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The legendary former footballer and current Juventus coach also talked about Leonardo Bonucci. He said, “Bad evenings like these happen to everyone. Up until this point he has made some great performances.” He further showed his confidence in Bonucci and said, “It happens to everyone. He is our captain and we still have great faith in him.”
Andrea Pirlo said, “We don’t mind playing the game again. I’m more disappointed for the other teams that have traveled and played without far more players who had Covid. They showed great fairness by playing anyway.” He then added, “I won’t say if the ruling was correct or not, but it didn’t seem fair to the other teams who carried on and played in more difficult situations.”