Juventus looked efficient today in dispatching Dynamo Kyiv 3-0 on Matchday 5 of the Champions League group phase, belying any thoughts that the side would slack off with qualification to the knockout rounds already sealed.
After the game, coach Andrea Pirlo was satisfied with what he’d seen from his side on the pitch.
“I’ve never seen a team dominate for 90 minutes, especially not in the Champions League, so there is going to be some defending to do.
“I am pleased with the performance and we had the right psychological approach. Even if we are already qualified, we must always play to win, so I saw the right team performance and it was a positive sign we needed for ourselves.”
Pirlo’s pre-game comments about relishing criticism, and that it meant he was annoying people, certainly stirred up a hornets’ nest in the media and amongst supporters.
“I know that I am young and need to improve, so I try to carry on with my work one day at a time. That’s all I meant.”
Alvaro Morata continued to resurrect his career with another stellar showing, scoring once and laying one on a platter for Cristiano Ronaldo to tap in his 750th goal in all competitions, also his 75th for the Bianconeri.
“Morata arrived very young at Juventus, he returned from his experiences in Madrid and London a more mature person and player. He feels happy and free of pressure, so that helps anyone give their best.
“We wanted him at all costs and are very happy to have him.”
Federico Chiesa scored a goal, and was involved in the build-up for the other two while being effective in all facets of the game.
“I am happy for Federico, as he’d been looking for a goal for some time and I told him he didn’t always need me to indicate the run he had to make to finish off the move. I think he needed this goal.”
The path to the top of the table is clear, but not easy, with a 3-1 or better scoreline needed.
“These were the easiest games to prepare as a player, so I hope the same will be true as a coach. These fixtures really focus the mind, the motivation comes by itself and I feel ready. Before that, we have a derby to focus on with Torino.”