It was not a very good start as Juventus ended the match against Lazio with a 1-1 draw this Sunday at the Stadio Olimpico. After his comeback from coronavirus, Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first goal for the Juventus side this weekend. However, Felipe Caicedo scored the equalizer at the 95th minute of the game from a terrific assist by Joaquin Correa.
The media, on the other hand, criticized the overall attitude of Argentine star Paulo Dybala. He has also faced a recent exclusion from the Argentine national football team for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifier. However, the Juventus coach backed his game maker and expressed that he found no offense in the attitude of the Argentine footballer.
Andrea Pirlo defends Juventus star Paulo Dybala after his exclusion from the Argentine international squad
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 8, 2020
While talking about Paulo Dybala, Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said, “I think his attitude is not wrong. He was willing to do well and wanted to help the team,” the Juve head coach told a news conference.” He then further explained, “Sometimes it happens not to be in the best physical condition as he is now.”
The former Italian international said, “He needs to work and play, we just need to manage these situations in the final moments of the games if we want to clinch the victory.” He then further explained the last-minute goal conceded by his team. He said, “When you concede one goal it is not because of the individual but the whole team. We win and lose as a team.”
Juventus 1-1 Lazio | All Goals and Highlights | Serie A
Andrea Pirlo said, “We must manage these situations in a better way, being hungry to achieve the result until the very last second.” He also gave the update on the injury of Cristiano Ronaldo while saying, “Ronaldo is a key player not only for us but for all the teams he has played for. Unfortunately he had an ankle problem and was forced to leave the field.”
The Juventus manager then said, “Today [Federico] Chiesa was unable to play, [Giorgio] Chiellini is injured and Alex Sandro and [Matthijs] de Ligt are out, but we can’t use these as excuses.” He then also added, “We had a good match, they had never shot us on goal, there were no signs, but we have to take care of every little detail.”