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 response to the supervisor. He blamed it on lack of focus on the facet of the gamers.
Arguably their worst efficiency of the season thus far, 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.
“If you concede a purpose after one minute, an odd one at that, it’s pure the gamers will lose confidence, particularly in opposition to a facet that is aware of the way to clam up in defence,” Pirlo informed Sky Sport Italia.
“Porto bought the sport instantly on the observe they needed. With such a packed fixture checklist, it’s regular you may’t at all times keep absolute focus and the suitable 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.