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Andrea Pirlo Insists He Deserves to Stay on at Juventus After Champions League Qualification

Andrea Pirlo claimed he helped Juventus secure Champions League qualification
Andrea Pirlo claimed he helped Juventus secure Champions League qualification / Danilo Di Giovanni/Getty Images

Andrea Pirlo has admitted he deserves more time at the helm of Juventus after guiding the club to the Champions League spots during his first season in charge.

Juventus have had a difficult season that saw them get dumped out of the Champions League and lose the Serie A title to Inter. There were even doubts over whether his side would finish in the top four, but following the weekend's results, Pirlo has argued he needs more time to Turin, claiming he "put the club on the right path".

“I never had fear," Pirlo told DAZN. "It took me a while to create that routine for the training sessions. It took some time to make the lads understand what I wanted, it was not easy to step in with so many champions, but everyone has helped me.

“I’ve improved, it was a complicated season, but it was useful for my development. We are on the right path as long as we help each other and run all together for the target. We lacked all these things many times this season. In the end, we achieved the result [of Champions League qualification]. If we start again together next season, we’ll have a solid base."

The Bianconeri were on the brink of missing the top four, and Giorgio Chiellini admitted he believed a Champions League spot was "impossible to achieve" a few weeks ago. “We are happy for the coach, it was his first season and it was not easy," Chiellini added.

"We breathe a sigh of relief as fifteen days ago, after the defeat against Milan, I thought this was an impossible result to achieve. If we had had this commitment for the entire season, we wouldn’t have been in this situation, we can’t have regrets, Inter deserved to win the title. We won two trophies this season and we can play the Champions League in the next campaign. Today we were playing for two seasons. This one and half of the next one."