Andrea Pirlo declined to blame the dismissal of Juan Cuadrado for the heavy home loss of Juventus to Fiorentina and instead challenged his players’ mentality going into the match.
Juventus suffered a 3-0 loss at home to Fiorentina on Tuesday and Andrea Pirlo admitted his side was not focused going into the game.
In his 13th league match in charge, Juve suffered their first Serie A defeat under Pirlo, since moving to the Allianz Stadium in 2011 going down 3-0 in what was also their heaviest 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 when 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 favor, but that’s not something I want to comment on – you can see for yourself.”