The Citizen (Gauteng)

Under fire Pirlo will not budge


Turin – Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said he will not resign after seeing his side slip out of the Champions League qualificat­ion places in Serie A following a 3-0 home defeat by AC Milan on Sunday, insisting he can do better.

Last weekend, two late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo earned Juve a dramatic victory at Udinese to give them confidence going into the crucial clash with Milan who, like the Turin side, have stuttered in recent matches.

But the hosts never really looked like earning victory on Sunday, with the loss leaving Pirlo’s outfit fifth in the standings with three games to go, as doubts linger over the rookie’s managerial capabiliti­es.

“Step aside? No,” Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia.

“I have undertaken this job with a lot of enthusiasm, there are difficulti­es, but my work goes on. I think I can do better and be able to get out of it, together with the team. I will continue to do my job as long as I am allowed.” –

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