‘I made many mistakes, but I’d make them all again’ – Pirlo defiant after Napoli win eases pressure

Juventus head coach saw his job threatened in his first season at the helm

Andrea Pirlo admitted he made a lot of mistakes in his first season as Juventus head coach but said he would do it again as they are all part of his learning process.

Pirlo’s side scored a well-deserved victory on Wednesday, beating Napoli 2-1 to move up to third place in Serie A.

More was expected of Juventus this season than fighting for a Champions League qualifying spot, and their disappointing campaign has put Pirlo’s position under scrutiny. The club have been sacked from Europe by Porto and their pursuit for a 10th straight Serie A title will almost certainly be insufficient.

What was said?

“I made a lot of mistakes, but I would do them all again,” Pirlo said. Sky Italy. “This is my first season, I needed these experiences for the present and the future.

“It was a more complicated campaign not only for me but also for many other coaches. Everyone makes mistakes, including me, but I can learn from them and not repeat them in the future.

“Our goal now is to finish in the top four because it is difficult to get to the top. There are 10 games to go, it’s a mini-season that we hope to win, and then get ready for Coppa Italia.

When asked if his biggest regret was missing the Champions League or Serie A, Pirlo replied: “Both really, like when you’re at Juventus you don’t choose goals, you have to. get them all. We had the opportunity to move forward in the Champions League because Porto were at our level, but we didn’t play the right way.

“In the following weeks we also lost against Benevento and that got us out of the Scudetto race. Watching the Champions League game last night really made us angry because we know we could have been part of those teams.

The big picture

Pirlo was a surprise appointment as Juventus boss ahead of the season as the former legendary midfielder had never managed a team before, let alone one of Europe’s top teams.

Maurizio Sarri was sacked after just one season at the helm of Juve after leading the Bianconeri to the Serie A championship – a feat Pirlo is unlikely to be able to match with his side 11 points behind first place in the league. ‘Inter.

Pirlo was brought in to lead Juventus to European success and he also failed in that department as Porto shocked their side in the last 16.

Juve’s only realistic chance for silverware this season will come in the Coppa Italia final against Atalanta on May 19.

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