Andrea Pirlo, Juventus coach, assured at the press conference on the eve of the duel against Barcelona in the Champions League, that Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, in quarantine for coronavirus, has undergone the PCR test and will know “the final result” on the Italian night.
“I think we must wait for the result, he has done the test and at night we will have the final result,” said Pirlo at the press conference organized at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, headquarters of the European crossroads with Barcelona.
“Let’s wait for the test result. If it’s negative, we’ll see what we do. But first you have to get it back. At the moment everything is in the air. When we have the result we will decide, “added the Italian coach.
Pirlo, which faces its first major European revalidation this Wednesday after debuting with a 2-0 victory last week at the Dinamo Kiev field, acknowledged that even if Cristiano recovers from the coronavirus, it would be necessary to find out if he is ready to compete from the beginning after two weeks without playing.
“It’s not easy to play after fifteen days of inactivity, we’ll see. Let’s hope we have this problem, “said Pirlo, who also confirmed the loss of his captain, Giorgio Chiellini, as well as that of the Dutchman Matthijs De Ligt.
“Chiellini will not be, sure. For Bonucci we will see tomorrow (for Wednesday), but it is not at the maximum. And we have not received a medical discharge for De Ligt,” said the Juventus coach.
Chiellini will be out due to muscle problems suffered last week at Dinamo Kiev and Bonucci withdrew with a sore right thigh from the league match tied 1-1 on Sunday against Hellas Verona. For his part, De Ligt has undergone surgery for shoulder problems and is still unable to compete.
In this context, Pirlo warned that his players will have to sacrifice to contain a Barcelona that “is strong and has great champions.”
“Tomorrow we will see who we will have at our disposal. Barcelona is strong, they have great champions and we will have to play a great game without being able to count on our defenses (Chiellini and De Ligt). We will try to put the other players in the best conditions, who they will have to sacrifice themselves against a difficult rival to face “, affirmed.
Pirlo, who was a two-time European champion in his successful playing career, did not hesitate to recognize that games like this Wednesday are the ones that everyone wants to play.
“They are the games that all the players want to play, we have this opportunity to play against a great club, with great players, we want to take the field to see our value,” he said.
However, he stressed that it is still a “not decisive” appointment, so he asked his players to face it with “respect” but also with a bit of nonchalance.
An exciting match for the Argentine Paulo Dybala, who played his first match as a starter on Sunday against Verona.
“Dybala is fine, a little tired but that’s normal if you played your first game of the year two days ago. He still has time to recover and to play tomorrow. His position is particular, he can move freely in a three-quarter position. We’ll see tomorrow where I put him on the field, “he said.
All this, waiting to know if Cristiano will be able, at least, to go to the bench, in which it would be the first reunion with Argentine Lionel Messi since CR7 left Real Madrid in 2018.
“Messi and Cristiano have been doing extraordinary things for fifteen years and they continue to do their best. They are part of the history of football. I measured myself many times with Messi as a player and tomorrow will be my first as a coach,” Pirlo said.