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Champions League: Why Porto defeated Ronaldo-led Juventus in Portugal – Pepe

Juventus boss, Andrea Pirlo has blamed Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates for his or her 2-1 loss to Porto within the first leg of the Champions League spherical of 16 on Wednesday.

Juventus “handed FC Porto the opening purpose on a silver platter,” in line with the supervisor. He blamed it on lack of focus on the facet of the gamers.

Arguably their worst efficiency of the season up to now, Juve confirmed an absence of focus, conceding a purpose within the opening minute of every half.

Rodrigo Bentancur performed an terrible back-pass which was intercepted by Mehdi Taremi to offer Porto a disappointing opener.

“While you concede a purpose after one minute, a wierd one at that, it’s pure the gamers will lose confidence, particularly in opposition to a facet that is aware of the right way to clam up in defence,” Pirlo instructed Sky Sport Italia.

“Porto received the sport instantly on the monitor they wished. With such a packed fixture listing, it’s regular you’ll be able to’t at all times preserve absolute focus and the appropriate tempo, nevertheless it shouldn’t have occurred within the Spherical of 16 of the Champions League.”

Federico Chiesa restored hope for the Italian champions by giving them a late away purpose, whereas Cristiano Ronaldo had penalty appeals rejected in stoppages for the Zaidu problem.

Juventus will welcome Porto to Turin for the reverse fixture on March 9.

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