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Andrea Pirlo felt that a nightmare start left Juventus “a little scared”, but Federico Chiesa’s away goal at Porto “got them back on track” in the knockout round of the Champions League.
Porto will travel to Turin for the second leg with a 2-1 lead after upsetting the Serie A champions twice at the Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday.
Rodrigo Bentancur gifted Mehdi Taremi a Champions League goal with a terrible pass to goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny after just over a minute, while Moussa Marega doubled Porto’s lead just after the break.
Juve rarely posed a threat in a flat display before Chiesa gave them hope when he scored eight minutes from time, with Cristiano Ronaldo denied a penalty to death in a miserable return to his homeland.
Pirlo thought Juve, who lost captain Giorgio Chiellini to a calf injury in the first half, had trouble recovering after a setback so early in the process.
“The focus became wrong after the first minute. When you have conceded a goal like this it is normal to be a little scared, you lack the certainties that should never be lacking [at this stage of the competition]”Said the former Italian international to Sky Sport Italia.
“The boys are a little depressed, we conceded a strange goal, then the game they wanted to play was prepared and it became much more difficult.”
Pirlo added: “The fatigue after so many challenging matches is there, it is not easy to keep up the same rhythm, but it should not have happened. Fortunately, we got back on track, now we will focus on the return. [leg]. “
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Álvaro Morata has been battling illness and, although he entered the middle of the second half, Pirlo revealed that the forward still felt bad after the match.
He said: “Morata was not well, he has not been at his best for a few days. He came in when he needed to, but after the game he felt dizzy, he was a bit on edge. ”
Danilo will be suspended for the second leg next month after the full-back received a yellow card.