With the 1: 3 defeat in the top match against Juventus Turin, the impressive mega series of the Rossoneri ended without defeat after 27 Serie A games across the seasons. The “old lady” inflicted the first defeat on Stefano Pioli’s team since the first lockdown in March 2020.
“The boys had drooping heads in the dressing room and were disappointed, but in a way it was healthy for us to experience defeat. We didn’t have that feeling for a while,” no world collapsed for Pioli. On the contrary: The Milanese, who have stumbled in recent years, continue to lead the table one point ahead of Inter, as the Nerazzurri failed against Sampdoria Genoa. AS Roma are four points ahead of series champions Juventus, seven points.
In addition, the performance was respectable despite the defeat, the long streak an exclamation point that Milan can be a serious contender for the Scudetto – this is also how the legendary coach Fabio Capello saw it. And Pioli agreed: “I am also convinced that we should remain ambitious. This evening should give us confidence that we can fight to the end because we have what it takes.” He added: “We kept the performance level the whole time, despite these circumstances. That says a lot about how strong Milan are.”
Pirlo: “We’ll see where we stand”
For Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo, the win was definitely a satisfaction. As a former Milan legend, he first faced his former club as a Juventus coach, which he involuntarily turned his back on as a player in order to lead the “old lady” into glorious times.
A defeat could have meant the alleged dethronement of the defending champion with a deficit of 13 points. But the Turinese proved their class and also that they will not back off in the title fight.
For Pirlo, the key to success was obvious: “The most important thing was the spirit of the team that wanted to be in control – especially against the Serie A leader in their own stadium.” Numerous failures such as those of Alex Sandro, Juan Cuadrado and Alvaro Morata first had to be compensated, and after the new corona cases, Juventus did not arrive until the morning of the match day. But Milan also had to fight without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ismael Bennacer, Sandro Tonali, Alexis Saelemaekers, Matteo Gabbia, Ante Rebic and Rade Krunic.
Pirlo was certain, however: “It was important for us that we weren’t interested in the results of the teams above us, but focused on our own progress. We’ll see where we stand in a few months.”
Pirlo: “Milan are the team to beat”
Especially when it comes to the fight for the title, the Juventus coach sees Milan as having a clear advantage, but he still believes that the duel for the top will remain exciting until the end.
“Milan are still ahead of us, so they are still the team to beat. There is no favorite for the title as we have seen so far. There are still many games and teams that can fight for Scudetto . ”
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Serie A: Juventus inflict their first defeat of the season
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