Andrea Pirlo admits Juventus still not on the same level as Barcelona
The defeat suffered by his team at dawn WIB made coach Andrea Pirlo realize one thing; that Juventus are still not on the same level as Barcelona.
As is known, Juventus did host Barcelona on the second matchdays of the European Champions League Group preliminary round. This Super Big Match duel took place on Thursday morning WIB (29/10), at Allianz Stadium.
Predicted to win three points at home, the Bianconneri even lost with a score of 0-2.
Ousmane Dembele first opened the tap of Barcelona’s goal after receiving a great assist from Lionel Messi. Meanwhile, the host had tried to reply several times.
In fact, striker Alvaro Morata scored three goals in return, but none of which the referee acknowledged. Yes, these three goals were disallowed because the former Real Madrid player was considered to be in an offside position.
The situation was further complicated for hosts Juventusk when defender Merih Demiral received a second yellow card at the end of the match. Sure enough, Barcelona immediately doubled the advantage through Lionel Messi’s penalty.
The position changed to 0-2 and remained until this big match ended.
After the match, coach Andrea Pirlo could only admit that Barcelona was indeed at a better level than his landing team.
But apart from that, Pirlo believes this defeat can be a very useful lesson for Barcelona.
“We know it will be difficult against a team that plays good football, who are used to playing at this level, while we are in the process in that direction.”
“In the end, this is a game that is useful for us to grow and develop in the future,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
Furthermore, Pirlo feels that Juventus, which is dominated by young players, still needs time to be at the same level as Barcelona.
“Now we are mostly younger players, so it will take time to get them to that level,”
“They are trying to create something there, but we need to work and improve until we can play at Barcelona level,” he said.