The man in charge at Juventus Andrea Pirlo was left disappointed by his men’s performance in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against AS Roma in the Serie A but admits that they are still a “work in progress”.
Juventus returned to Turin from Stadio Olimpico with a valuable point, having been down to ten men as star player Cristiano Ronaldo hit a brace with the Italian champions coming from behind twice to salvage a draw.
“It was a step backwards, but as a team, we are a work in progress,” said Pirlo.
“We haven’t had the chance to try much out in pre-season because there were practically no friendly matches.”
Pirlo oversaw an impressive 3-0 win against Sampdoria on his debut last weekend but failed to impress against a spirited Roma outfit.
However, the coach pointed out that new signings like striker Alvaro Morata and midfielder Arthur Melo are yet to be fully integrated.
“Morata arrived two days ago, Arthur hasn’t played for six months and needs to adapt to Italian football, even though he did well when he came on.”
With the double, the Portuguese international scored his 450th goal in Europe’s top five leagues.
“We are at the beginning of the season, with a new coach who has different ideas, but I see a great future for the team,” said Ronaldo.
“The championship is competitive, the teams have strengthened and it will be more complicated, but slowly we will find the form. The team has improved, I see us happier and we work hard with a smile.”
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