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Pirlo: Win over Barca chance for Juve to turn over new leaf

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Coach’s comments ahead of league game against Genoa

FC Barcelona v Juventus: Group G - UEFA Champions League Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Juventus are riding high after a big win at the Nou Camp over Barcelona midweek saw the Bianconeri leapfrog the fading Spanish giants and win Group G of the Champions League. However, coach Andrea Pirlo wants his side to move on past the victory and focus on the trip to Genoa.

“If we do still have Barcelona on our minds, then we have to change that right now, turn over a new leaf and create a sense of consistency.

“We can’t let that moment stop at one game and we’ve got to do better than over the last four Serie A matches. I want to see the same hunger and determination, otherwise we’ll run into an ugly surprise.”

Alvaro Morata should make his return to the side after missing one game with his two-game suspension for getting sent off against Benevento commuted to just half that. Genoa sit in 18th place, just a spot above Torino who Juve needed two late goals to beat last weekend in the Derby della Mole.

“It’s going to be a difficult match against Genoa, who are very good at the defend and counter approach. They have quick and often physical players upfront, so we have to be very focused.

“I always liked playing at Marassi, it’s an English style stadium and I scored a goal here for Juventus.”

Juan Cuadrado is going through a purple patch, consistently laying on assist after assist in recent games.

“He’s a very important figure for us and has been for several years. He knows how to defend and attack, but at times I et cross with him because he does too many little tricks and flicks rather than remain in the game for every second.”