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Andrea Pirlo Wants Juventus to 'Keep Believing' Despite 'Bad' Loss to Benevento

By Amreen
Juventus were beaten at home by Benevento
Juventus were beaten at home by Benevento / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo has insisted that his side "must keep believing" after their shock 1-0 loss to Benevento on Sunday saw them fall further away from Inter at the top of the Serie A table.

Adolfo Gaich scored the only goal of the game and Juventus struggled to find a way past Benevento goalkeeper Lorenzo Montipo as Benevento ended an 11-match winless run to boost their survival hopes.

Pirlo's side were unbeaten in their last six games, but the weekend's home defeat leaves them third on the table, 10 points behind Inter, and 11 games left to play. The Italian for his part refused to accept that his side were done for.

“We must continue to believe in the title, our objective hasn’t changed,” Pirlo told Sky Italia. “Our mentality must change … there wasn’t too much pressure today, there was a duty to play better and unfortunately we had a bad match in every aspect.”

Pirlo was also asked if the defeat increases pressure on his future, and added: "My future? The club will decide. I will continue to work day by day, match after match, to try to do my best. Then at the end everyone can draw their own conclusions.”

Speaking after the game, Juventus president Fabio Paratici admitted that the loss came as a shock, but insisted that there have been better days for the team. Paratici told Sky Italia: “It was an unexpected match, I’m here to underline the fact that we have given the fans so much joy, unfortunately, today there is great bitterness, we played a bad match, the championship goes on.

"We have a schedule, it’s not a game that shifts our ideas, we have a line that we have taken at the beginning of the year regarding the squad. Pirlo? The line continues, we are very convinced of what we are doing, logically trying to lower our heads and improve."