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Pirlo defends struggling Juve star Dybala’s attitude

Paulo Dybala, Juventus
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Juventus star Paulo Dybala has struggled to reach his best form this season after another below-par display against Lazio on Sunday.

Andrea Pirlo has no complaints about Dybala’s attitude after his 14-minute cameo in Juventus’ 1-1 draw away to Lazio on Sunday.

The Argentine forward replaced injured goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo in the second half, but couldn’t make much of an impact. By that point, though, Juventus had adopted a defensive approach as Lazio sought an equalizer.

Their efforts ultimately proved futile, however, as Felipe Caicedo scored an injury-time goal to deny the Bianconeri from taking all three points in Rome.

But Pirlo remains satisfied with Dybala and insisted there is nothing wrong whatsoever with his attitude.

“I think his attitude is not wrong. He was willing to do well and wanted to help the team,” said the Juventus boss as quoted on Football Inside.

“Sometimes it happens not to be in the best physical condition as he is now. He needs to work and play, we just need to manage these situations in the final moments of the games if we want to clinch the victory.”

Dybala hasn’t been able to his stride yet after suffering COVID-19 and an injury at the beginning of the campaign. There have also been suggestions that the ongoing uncertainty regarding his future has played a part.

The 26-year-old, who joined Juventus from Palermo in 2015 for €40m, has entered the final two years left on his contract.