Champions League: Pirlo slams Ronaldo and team mates after 2-1 defeat to Porto


Juventus manager, Andrea Pirlo, was furious his team gave Porto their opening goal “on a silver platter” as they 2-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Portuguese side scored early in both halves – Mehdi Taremi in the second minute and Moussa Marega in the 46th, to take control of the game.

Federico Chiesa pulled one goal back late in the encounter to give the Serie A side hope.

But Pirlo was still upset with his side’s performance in the last-16 first leg.

“We had prepared well for this game, it was not the attitude we wanted, but conceding a goal in the opening minute when we handed it to them on a silver platter made everything more difficult,” Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia.

“When you concede a goal after one minute, a strange one at that, it’s natural the players will lose confidence, especially against a side that knows how to clam up in defence.

“Our approach was wrong after we conceded the goal. We had planned on attacking the deeper spaces, but if you take too many touches, things get complicated. We weren’t smart, the ball was moved around too slowly.

“Porto got the game immediately on the track they wanted. With such a packed fixture list, it’s normal you can’t always maintain absolute focus and the right tempo, but it shouldn’t have happened in the round of 16 of the Champions League.”

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