Andrea Pirlo: Juventus manager slams players after stunning home loss to Florentina

Andrea Pirlo: Juventus manager slams players after stunning home loss to Florentina

- Andrea Pirlo is not impressed with Juventus players after they lost at home to Fiorentina

- The manager has cited the holidays as a reason for his player’s poor show on the pitch

- Reigning Serie A champions Juventus have now dropped to fourth position on the Serie A standings

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Andrea Pirlo has criticised his players following the shock 0-3 loss to Florentina at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on Tuesday night, December 22.

The defeat was the Old Lady's heaviest since the 2020-2021 campaign kicked off in the ninth month of the outgoing year.

It left manager Andrea Pirlo questioning his player’s attitude as the festive season approaches as they are now left in fourth position on the Serie A standings.

According to the tactician, his players are already in holiday mood, but refused to apportion blames in any of the stars.

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Pirlo said, as cited in GOAL:

"What happened with the red card cannot be used as an alibi. The result was not down to Fiorentina's attitude but the lack of ours.
"When this is the case you face bad situations like this. In games before Christmas it can happen then you have your mind on the holidays. We were unfocused and could not recover.
"The images for the sending off seem clear to me. There could have been some decisions in our favor, but that's not something I want to comment on – you can see for yourself.”
Andrea Pirlo: Juventus manager lashes out players over stunning home loss to Florentina
Andrea Pirlo is not happy with Juventus' home loss to Fiorentina. Photo: Mattia Ozbot
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Ronaldo who was on target twice in Juventus' 4-0 win over Parma over the weekend failed to hit the back of the net in the game.

The five-time Champions League winner is barely four goals away from becoming the player with the most official goals in the history of football.

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As it stands, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward has 756 goals - just two behind legendary Josef Bican and Pele with 757 and 759 respectively.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Lionel Messi was presented with his eight Pichichi trophy after emerging top scorer in the Spanish topflight division last season.

But the Barcelona captain is far from impressed in winning another highest scorer's award after his team lost La Liga title to Real Madrid in the previous campaign.

Since the departure of his fiercest rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, to Juventus in 2018, Messi has won the Pichichi without any formidable competition.

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