Inexperience the key factor for frustrated Pirlo

01 March 2021 00:42:42 GMTPlus10

Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo has blamed a lack of experience for his side's disappointing display in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Verona.

The result left Juventus nine points behind Serie A leaders Inter, prior to the Nerazzurri's clash against Genoa on Sunday, and Pirlo's men have won just one of their last five matches.

It was a game that the Old Lady needed to win to bolster their slim title chances but the defending champions could only struggle to a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi.

Pirlo was without some of his more senior squad members for the trip to Verona but he was still able to call on the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Despite taking the lead through Ronaldo early in the second half, Juve were unable to hold onto their advantage and they conceded a 77th-minute equaliser from Verona's Antonin Barak.

Pirlo believes that a lack of experience played its part in the poor result.

Speaking to DAZN after the game, the Juventus boss said: "It's disappointing, as we knew it would be a difficult and hard-fought game. We managed to take the lead, which was the most difficult part, then didn't keep hold of it.

"When you are in front, you must try to bring these games home. We were missing a lot of experienced players, so the younger elements didn't understand the way the match was going. I asked Cristiano and Alex Sandro to make their voices heard, but it wasn't enough."

Juventus are 1.25 to bounce back with a win when they host 12.00 shots Spezia on Tuesday, with the draw available at 5.75.

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