The head coach of Juventus saw that his job was in jeopardy in the first season at the helm
Andrea Pirlo admitted that he made many mistakes in his first season as the head coach of Juventus, but he said that he would repeat it all because they are all part of his learning process.
Pirl’s team won a much-needed victory on Wednesday, defeating Napoli 2-1 and moving to third place in Serie A.
This season, Juventus was expected to do more than fight for a place in the qualifications for the Champions League, and their irresistible campaign put Pirl’s position under scrutiny. The club rejected Porto from Europe, and their chase for the tenth consecutive Serie A title will almost certainly follow.
What was said?
“I made a lot of mistakes, but I would repeat them all,” Pirlo told Sky Italia. “This is my first season, I needed those experiences for the present and the future.
“This was a more complex 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 among the top four, because it is difficult to reach the top. There are 10 games left, the mini season we hope to win and then prepare for Coppa Italia. ”
Asked if he missed the Champions League or Serie A because of his greatest regret, Pirlo replied: “Both, as when you are at Juventus, you do not choose goals, you have to achieve them all. We had a chance to go ahead in the Champions League because Porto was at our level, but we didn’t play the right way.
“In the weeks after that, we also lost to Benevento and that knocked us out of the Scudetto race. Watching last night’s Champions League game really pissed us off, because we know we could have been one of those teams. “
The bigger picture
Pirlo was surprisingly scheduled for Juventus boss ahead of the season, as the legendary former midfielder has never led any team before, let alone one of the major European sides.
Maurizio Sarri has been sacked after just one season by Juve boss, despite Bianconeri leading the Serie A championship – which Pirlo is unlikely to be able to match with his 11 points behind first-placed Inter.
Pirlo was brought to lead Juventus to European success, and in that department he also failed, while Porto shocked his side in the last 16.
Juve’s only real chance for silverware this season will come in the Coppa Italia final against Atalanta on May 19.