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25-Nov-2020, 07:40 am

Juventus boss Pirlo admits Dybala 'didn't do that well' in win over Ferencvaros

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Juventus head coach Andrea Pirloadmitted that Paulo Dybala did not have his best game in his side's 2-1 win over Ferencvaros on Tuesday.

Pirlo'steam also looked suspect at the back, and theJuvecoach acknowledged it was far from a vintage display.

"We had intended to start with a different attitude, but we know there can be difficulties in games that seem on paper to be simple. We had to chase the game,"Pirlotold Sky Italia.

"I expected more from the players, butFerencvarosclammed up, we had to try to move the ball back and forth more quickly to spread them. We moved it too slowly, which made it easier for them to defend."

Pirloalso singled out Arthur – a recent acquisitionfrom Barca – andDybalaas having put in particularly frustrating displays.

Arthur attempted 98 passes, thoughPirlostated: "He got a bit pig-headed today keeping hold of the ball and trying to find more direct through balls when he should've spread it wide and tried to spread theFerencvarosdefence.

"He should have opened up the game more to create one-on-one situations. If the ball moved too slowly, it allowed them to get back into position."

Dybala, meanwhile, had one good opportunity early on, but was replaced byMoratawith just over an hour gone.

"Dybaladidn't do that well," saidPirlo. "He was injured and had to take antibiotics for weeks, so it'snatural he needs time to get back into shape.

"He does need to go beyond his limits in training to rediscover his form."

Morata scored his fifth Champions League goal of the season with his stoppage-time header – which was flapped at by Denes Dibusz – sealing the win and earning Juve's progression to the last 16 with two Group G games to spare.

Moratabelieves he is a "more complete player" since his return toJuventus, as he matched his best goals tally in a Champions League campaign.

The Spain international has been in fine form since his move back to Juve, where he spent two seasons between 2014and 2016 andtallied 15 Serie A goals and 12 assists.

In 2014-15, the forward scored five goals – his best haul in the competition – as Juve reached the Champions League final, where they were beaten by Barcelona.

After equalling that record with just four games gone, Morata, who also hit the post after coming on as a substitute in Turin, claimed he has become a far better all-round forward.

"Nothing changed in me, I said many times, you learn throughout your career. I am a more complete player now," the former Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Real Madrid man said.

"When I was 22, I paid attention only when the ball came near me, but now I remain more focused and every ball can be decisive.

"I had another chance today that hit the upright. I was fortunate on the goal, unlucky on the earlier chance, so it all balances out."

Morata was not the only Juve player to equal a record againstFerencvaros, with Cristiano Ronaldo, who drilled in a 35th-minute equaliser to cancel outMyrto Uzuni's opener, drawing level with Lionel Messi on 70 home goals in the Champions League.

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