Porto stuns Italian Champions in their first Champions League tie at home.
Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo was upset that his side gave Porto their opening goal “on a silver platter” in Wednesday’s 2-1 Champions League defeat.
The home side scored early in both halves – Mehdi Taremi in the second minute and Moussa Marega in the 46th – before a late goal from Federico Chiesa gave the Serie A side hope.
But Pirlo was still upset with his side’s performance in the last-16 first leg, especially the simple blunder in possession that gifted Taremi the opener.
“We had prepared well for this game, it was not the attitude we wanted, but conceding a goal in the opening minute when we gave it to them on a silver platter made everything more difficult,” Pirlo spoke to Sky Sport Italia
“When you relent a goal after one minute, a strange one at that, it’s natural the players will lose confidence, especially against a side that knows how to shut down their defence.
“Our approach was wrong after we conceded the goal … We had planned on attacking the deeper spaces, but if you take too many touches, things get twisted. We weren’t smart, the ball was moved around too slowly.
“Porto got the game instantly on the track. With such a full fixture list, it’s normal you can’t always maintain maximum focus and the right tempo, but it shouldn’t have happened in the round of 16 of the Champions League.”
Taremi’s goal – which came after Rodrigo Bentancur’s pass sold goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny short – came after just one minute and three seconds. It was the third-fastest goal Juve have ever conceded in the Champions League.
Marega’s strike, coming just 19 seconds into the second half, is the fastest goal Juve have conceded in the second half of a Champions League game.
Juventus will look to get past Wednesday’s setback with a run of four Serie A matches, against Crotone, Verona, Spezia and Lazio.
Pirlo’s side will then have their opportunity to overcome their one-goal deficit when they face Porto in the second leg on March 9 in Turin.