Bentancur’s Blunders Make Pirlo’s Plan Messy


Juventus conceded a quick goal in a 1-2 loss to Porto in the first leg of the last 16 Champions League. Bianconeri coach Andrea Pirlo said this affected the course of the match.

The match at the Estadio do Dragao, Thursday (18/2/2021) in the morning WIB, has only walked 61 seconds when the host’s Juventus goal was broken into. Mehdi Taremi who wrote down the name on the scoreboard, after taking advantage of carelessness Rodrigo Bentancur.

Being in the penalty box, the Uruguayan midfielder did a backpass in the penalty box himself without seeing Taremi behind him. The Iranian striker immediately completed it as a goal after winning the ball with Wojciech Szczesny.

After that, Moussa Marega managed to add to his advantage Porto, 19 seconds after the second half kickoff. Federico Chiesa could have scored to close the gap in the 82nd minute, however Juventus keep ending the fight with a defeat.

Pirlo was also upset with the results achieved by his team. Juventus shouldn’t lose in this kind of situation.

“If you concede immediately one minute after kickoff, in a strange way like that, it is only natural that in the end the players’ confidence will disappear. Moreover, the opponents are good at defending,” Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia after the match.

Bentancur was devastated after Juventus conceded his blunder. Photo: AFP / MIGUEL RIOPA

“Porto immediately got what they wanted from the start of the match. With such a busy schedule, it’s also natural that we find it difficult to maintain focus and also the tempo of the game is right, but yes that shouldn’t happen in the last 16. Champions League.”

“We prepared well for this match, but conceded in the first minute in a way that seemed to reward him Porto obviously makes things difficult, “said the bushy allenatore.

This result makes Juventus must win 1-0 or by a minimum difference of two goals in the second leg to advance to the quarter-finals, which will be held in Turin on March 10, WIB.



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