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Andrea Pirlo revealed that Juventus were “feeling the fear” over their tough loss to Fiorentina ahead of the mid-season break in the early stages of their 4-1 win over Udinese on Sunday.
Juve suffered a humiliating 3-0 home loss to La Viola in December, their first in the league this season, but the champions recovered in style at Allianz Stadium.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored on either side of Federico Chiesa’s brilliant finale, the 15th consecutive season that the Portugal star has scored 20 goals for the club and the country, before Udinese’s Marvin Zeegelaar and Paulo Dybala exchanged goals in the final stages.
The result ensured Juve avoided going three straight home games without winning for the first time since 2015-16, and Pirlo admitted that loss to Fiorentina was the last time on his players’ minds from the start.
“It was not the best Juventus, as we were coming off a bad defeat against Fiorentina, so we started quite shy and nervous, especially when their forwards ran towards us. We gained more confidence as it progressed, ”Pirlo told DAZN.
“I was not satisfied with the initial approach to the game, as we were still afraid of our last loss to Fiorentina. The timing of the movements was not correct, especially on the wings.