Two goals calmed us down after 'nervous start': Pirlo reflects on victory over Crotone

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Andrea Pirlo (File photo)
Andrea Pirlo (File photo)

Turin [Italy], February 23 (ANI): After a win over Crotone, Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo said his side made a "nervous start" to the game but the two goals in the first half calmed them down.

Cristiano Ronaldo's first-half brace and Weston McKennie's second-half strike powered Juventus to a commanding 3-0 win over Crotone in the Serie A here on Tuesday. Juventus had suffered a defeat in their previous two games and Pirlo said the nervous start was because of their recent matches.

"We made a nervous start, possibly because of recent matches, but our two goals calmed us down and we were then able to manage the game well. It certainly wasn't our best start: our passing was sloppy, partly due to rushing and partly due to our desire to score an early goal," the club's official website quoted Pirlo as saying.

"In any case, it was important to get the three points this evening. We must try to improve our movement. [Alvaro] Morata isn't at his best and needs time. With Ronaldo up front, we need to develop our play out wide to pick him out in the box," he added.

The game had a good ebb and flow to it, with the ball moving across the field with pace. Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 38th minute before doubling Juventus' lead in the 45+1st minute. McKennie then found the back of the net in the 66th minute, sealing an impressive win for Juventus.

Reflecting on the match, Gianluigi Buffon said: "We needed a win, but it wasn't easy. We found it tough in the first half an hour, but what matters is staying fully focused for the full 90 minutes. The fact that Inter are ahead of us isn't a surprise; maybe the surprise is the fact that they hadn't shown what they're capable of until now." (ANI)