Head Coach of Serie A giants Juventus, Andrea Pirlo has stressed that he will not resign after seeing his team lose out on the Champions League qualification places in the league after a 3-0 home defeat by AC Milan yesterday, saying that he can do better.
The previous weekend, two late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo gave Juve a dramatic win at Udinese to boost their morale ahead of the clash against Milan who had also struggled to maintain momentum.
But hosts never put on a good game against their arch enemies leaving them in fifth place with three games to go, to deny them hopes of a CL qualification.
“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 and I am available”.
“I think I can do better and be able to get out of it, together with the team. We have to look forward, I will continue to do my job as long as I am allowed”.
“We had actually started fairly well in the match, but we lost our way and this was the final result. It’s difficult to explain now. There were many components that didn’t work.”
Milan who was the better side had throughout the season made strive at lifting the Serie A trophy but couldn’t keep pace with Inter Milan, who have crowned champions last week.
Thanks to goals from Brahim Diaz, Ante Rebic, and Fikayo Tomori, Milan was able to climb to third place stating three points clear of Juventus.
“I have always thought that there are no perfect matches but tonight we came close in terms of attention, spirit, and quality,”- Stefano Pioli, coach of AC Milan said.
“It was a very important match and the victory I want to dedicate to the fans who have given us an exciting charge”.
“This win could be a turning point (in the top four race) if we manage to continue this path on Wednesday against Torino.”