Pirlo: ‘Lazio game tough, but exciting’

Andrea Pirlo praises Alvaro Morata and is expecting a ‘tough, but exciting’ match for Juventus against Lazio on Sunday.

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“It’s certainly going to be a great game, because Lazio-Juventus is an enjoyable match to play,” Pirlo told JTV.

“It will also be difficult, as Lazio are a wonderful team and proved that in recent years, so it’s tough, but exciting. We imagined their classic 3-5-2 with a very tight defence. They are very good on the counter, especially with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic as well as their forwards. This is why we must be wary of making technical errors that can spark those counters.”

Juventus got back on track midweek with a 4-0 Champions League victory over Ferencvaros.

“We had some interesting pointers in terms of performance and how we develop the attacking play from the midfield. We occupied the attacking spaces well and that is positive, so while we still need to improve, we are on the right track playing a different football to what this team was accustomed to in the past.

“Goals from midfielders are important and we are working to get more of them pushing forward, like Adrien Rabiot and Weston McKennie,” continued Pirlo.

“I always knew Morata was a complete player and not just in his finishing, so what he’s done in recent matches is not a surprise. He is always involved in the play and have always looked to him.

“What I would like to see is a team with more confidence and that is dominating the match. That could be a big step forward to take.”

Pirlo was asked how it felt to be the Juventus coach after several months in charge.

“It’s great, exciting. I settled in gradually, but felt at ease from the first day in this new role and in this club. It’s just the beginning, so things can only get better.”

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