Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo highlighted the importance of tomorrow’s match against Lazio in the race for a top-four finish earlier today. Speaking to gathered reporters in a press conference (via La Lazio Siamo Noi), the 41-year-old Italian looked ahead to tomorrow’s game.
Lazio are a great team who have been playing together for several years. They have a well-defined game and the results speak for them. We know we’re facing a team that will fight to get to the top.
We are preparing for the match in the best way, knowing their characteristics and we know it won’t be easy. All games are decisive at Juventus. The present is tomorrow’s game, we will concentrate with all our strength to win and only then we will think about Porto.
All games are important, tomorrow’s match is also important for the table. The enthusiasm is there because we’re going through a period of tough, important games. And it will always be there. We have to play an intelligent game tomorrow, knowing that we’re in a delicate period and we’re not at 100%.
It will be important to manage every situation and every play well, because you can’t go at 100 per hour for 90 minutes.
Pirlo then discussed the many players that will be unavailable for the Bianconeri in tomorrow’s fixture.
Some of the players who weren’t available trained with the team this morning and we still have a day to get some of them back. It’s a pity that Bentancur isn’t here, we will have to invent something to put the best line-up on the field. De Ligt hasn’t trained yet, we’ll see how he is tomorrow.
Bonucci has done some training, he’s a bit better, but he’s come from 16 days of inactivity. Morata is better, every day he’s trying to improve his form. Ramsey is well, he can be in the game. He can be an extra asset tomorrow, he’s fine and we might need him.
Fagioli might play from the start or not, it will depend on who we have available. He could have started the other night but then he had a problem. He’s training well, he knows what he has to do and he’s confident. We’re calm.