Juventus suffered a shock 0-3 defeat to Fiorentina on home turf and Andrea Pirlo has detailed why his side lost out in disappointing fashion.
Andrea Pirlo refused to blame Juan Cuadrado’s dismissal for Juventus’ heavy home loss to Fiorentina and instead questioned the attitude of his players heading into the match.
Juve suffered their first Serie A defeat under Pirlo in his 13th league match in charge, going down 3-0 in what was also their heaviest loss since moving to the Allianz Stadium in 2011.
Cuadrado was issued a red card after VAR reviewed his tackle in the 18th minute. At the time, Juve were already a goal down and it altered their game plan.
An Alex Sandro own goal and a Martin Caceres’ tap-in saw Fiorentina claim a famous 3-0 win but Pirlo only has the Juve players to blame for their loss.
“What happened with the red card cannot be used as an alibi,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “The result was not down to Fiorentina’s attitude but the lack of ours.
“When this is the case you face bad situations like this. In games before Christmas, it can happen then you have your mind on the holidays. We were unfocused and could not recover.
“The images for the sending off seem clear to me. There could have been some decisions in our favour, but that’s not something I want to comment on – you can see for yourself.
Bonucci was a culprit in virtually all the goals conceded and Pirlo was quick to back the veteran defender.
“Bad evenings like these happen to everyone,” he said. “Up until this point he has made some great performances.
“It happens to everyone. He is our captain and we still have great faith in him.”
It is a disappointing way for Juventus and Pirlo to end their final game of 2020. They will be aiming to return to wining ways when they take on Udinese at home again on the 3rd of March, 2021.