Inter have officially ended the Turin club’s streak of nine consecutive domestic trophies
Andrea Pirlo has vowed that Juventus will come back to life next season after Inter Milan officially snapped their side’s nine-year Scudetto streak by winning the title when Atalanta fell to a draw with Sassuolo on Sunday .
The first-year manager admitted the need for change and said optimistically that “one cycle has ended but another will open”. For now, however, his men have to fight to win the Champions League qualification as they are just two points clear of fifth-placed Napoli.
Pirlo has come under harsh criticism not only for his Serie A struggles but also for a last 16-day European exit at the hands of Porto.
What was said?
“We send our greetings to Inter and the coach, they deserve this success,” Pirlo said. Sky Sport Italy. “We have to change, a cycle has closed but another will open to finish for the Scudetto.
“We worked for this win and we’re proud, it was important after the results this afternoon. Things were tricky when we allowed the goal, but we desperately wanted to bring the result home.”
“There was mental fatigue. Something changes when you’re used to always playing for the Scudetto. For several weeks the goal has changed: it’s a fight but you have to reach the Champions League.”
“The team were strong and together they had the will to fight for their goals. Often times the mentality and attitude was lacking, but the team was united to make the Champions League. The hug at the end is the most important thing, you have to be a starting point. We have to continue with that spirit, victories like this give you the adrenaline rush to keep fighting. “
Ronaldo lifts Juve amid top-four fight
Cristiano Ronaldo saved Juventus from further frustration on Sunday by reversing a 1-0 deficit against Udinese with two goals in the final 10 minutes.
Without the late return, the Turin team would have finished the weekend in fifth place behind Napoli.