Juventus head coach Andrea Pirlo defended the decision to rest star forward Cristiano Ronaldo after his side were held to a 1-1 draw by Benevento.

Pirlo revealed on the eve of Saturday's Serie A clash that Ronaldo would not make the trip to Ciro Vigorito as he was "a bit tired".

The Portugal international has played 14 times for club and country this season, scoring in eight of those matches, including Juventus' last two games.

Juve struggled in Ronaldo's absence against Benevento as they scored from one of their 16 attempts - Alvaro Morata's first-half strike, which was cancelled out by Gaetano Letizia.

But Pirlo was content with his big call to rest the 35-year-old, which was a decision taken even though Juve are already through to the last 16 of the Champions League with two games to spare.

"He had a little problem on Wednesday and wanted to play in the Champions League anyway," Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia.

"When you play for the national time it is normal to get tired and need a rest. This time is was Ronaldo's turn to be left out.

"It's a shame because he definitely adds value and he shows that in every match he plays. But we have to play our game even when he is not involved.

"He was tired and needed a rest, which is normal when you play lots of matches close together. We're hardly the only club in this situation."

Juve have won only one of their last nine Serie A away games and have conceded at least once in their last 10 such matches, stretching back into last season before Pirlo arrived.

The Bianconeri are three points adrift of Milan, who host Fiorentina in Sunday's game in hand, and Pirlo acknowledged his side need to learn to become more streetwise.

"We controlled the first half of the match and had chances to kill it off, but we haven't worked out how to read various moments of the match," he said.

"We had a corner on the stroke of half-time and took it quickly before they scored. We should have controlled the situation and held out until the break.

"It's not the first time we have conceded just before the interval.

"We are working on the development of the play. We have one more attacking winger, one who comes from deeper. At times it works, at others it doesn't."

Morata's well-taken strike makes it 11 goal involvements for the striker this season - eight goals and three assists - which is 48 per cent of Juve's overall tally of 23.

However, the Spain international was sent off at the full-time whistle for something he said to the officials in a match that saw six cards handed out in the final 10 minutes.

And Pirlo accepted his side lacked the composure needed to find a way through Benevento after taking control of the match in the second half.

"At the end we got a bit chaotic and lost our cool," Pirlo said. "We didn't manage to turn the chances into goals.

"Unfortunately, when games get chaotic and messy we have to play clean football and take control of the match. Otherwise we struggle, as we did today and against Crotone.

"We've got to learn the moments of the game, when to kill it off and when to control the tempo."

Benevento have now taken four points from their last two games, following a run of four successive league defeats, and Pirlo's former team-mate Filippo Inzaghi felt his side could even have snatched a win.

"A few months ago we were fighting on muddy pitches in Serie B, now we are holding Juventus, and we could maybe have won it if we'd been a bit smarter on the counter," Inzaghi said.

"These lads deserve to enjoy this evening, they've done so well over the last 18 months. When you get a result against Juventus, one of the best teams in Europe, you need everything to go your way.

"You would think avoiding defeat to Juventus was practically impossible, but seeing them train over the last few days, I had an inkling we could do it. They will enjoy this, because it's the first time Benevento have got a result against Juventus."

Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo was being rested for Saturday's trip to Benevento.

Ronaldo, 35, has made a good start to the season, scoring nine goals in seven games in all competitions.

However, the star forward will miss the trip to Benevento due to fatigue.

"Cristiano Ronaldo will take an agreed rest session because he was a bit tired after so many games," Pirlo told Juventus TV.

"It was planned that he would not come to Benevento."

Since the start of November, Ronaldo has played eight games for Juve and Portugal.

Only Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic (10) has scored more Serie A goals than Ronaldo's eight this season.

Ronaldo has converted 75 per cent of his big chances, compared to Ibrahimovic's 60, while he has created six chances.

Juventus are fourth in the Serie A table, four points adrift of Milan, ahead of their trip to Benevento.

Alvaro Morata can become one of the world's best forwards, according to Juventus head coach Andrea Pirlo.

Morata scored a 92nd-minute winner to see Juventus edge Ferencvaros 2-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday, sealing progression from Group G.

The Spain forward's haul of five goals in four Champions League games this season equals his best tally in a single campaign in the competition, having managed five in 12 for Juve in 2014-15.

Pirlo believes Morata, who has seven goals in 10 games this season, can be among the world's best.

"He's a strong player, he just needed consistency and confidence," he told a news conference.

"If he's well mentally then he can do anything, he can become one of the best strikers around. If he trains well, if he's in good shape and he plays and he scores, he's a fundamental player not just for Juventus but also for his national team.

"We work to put him in the best condition, and then he is good at finalising what he does on the pitch."

Only Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland (six) has scored more goals than Morata in the Champions League this season, while Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has also netted five.

But Morata's big chance conversion – 100 per cent – is better than both Haaland (71.4) and Rashford (80), while his shot conversion rate, excluding blocks, is also better than that duo.

His goal came after Cristiano Ronaldo cancelled out Myrto Uzuni's opener in Turin, the Portuguese star equalling Lionel Messi's record of 70 home goals in the Champions League.

"You don't always have to play well to win, but if you play well usually you win," Pirlo said.

"We had some difficulties, especially in terms of approach to the game. I had asked for a different attitude at the beginning of the game, because we knew the difficulties we would have faced.

"And indeed we had some, if you don't start your games in the best possible way then you are bound to face some trouble. However, the players have been good at reacting and chase the win until the end."

Alvaro Morata believes he is a "more complete player" since his return to Juventus, as he matched his best goals tally in a Champions League campaign.

Morata scored his fifth Champions League goal of the season on Tuesday, with his stoppage-time header – which was flapped at by Denes Dibusz – sealing a 2-1 win for Juve over Ferencvaros, and earning their progression to the last 16 with two Group G games to spare.

The Spain international has been in fine form since his move back to Juve, where he spent two seasons between 2014 and 2016 and scored 15 Serie A goals and registered 12 assists in that time.

In 2014-15, the forward scored five goals – his best haul in the competition – as Juve reached the Champions League final, where they were beaten by Barcelona.

After equalling that record with just four games gone, Morata, who also hit the post after coming on as a substitute in Turin, claimed he has become a far better all-round forward.

"Nothing changed in me, I said many times, you learn throughout your career. I am a more complete player now," the former Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Real Madrid man told Sky Italia.

"When I was 22, I paid attention only when the ball came near me, but now I remain more focused and every ball can be decisive.

"I had another chance today that hit the upright. I was fortunate on the goal, unlucky on the earlier chance, so it all balances out."

Morata was not the only Juve player to equal a record against Ferencvaros, with Cristiano Ronaldo, who drilled in a 35th-minute equaliser to cancel out Myrto Uzuni's opener, drawing level with Lionel Messi on 70 home goals in the Champions League.

However, Juve were made to work for their victory, and though they managed 19 attempts, only seven were on target, with Dibusz making a string of impressive saves.

Andrea Pirlo's team also looked suspect at the back, and the Juve coach acknowledged it was far from a vintage display.

"We had intended to start with a different attitude, but we know there can be difficulties in games that seem on paper to be simple. We had to chase the game," Pirlo said.

"I expected more from the players, but Ferencvaros clammed up, we had to try to move the ball back and forth more quickly to spread them. We moved it too slowly, which made it easier for them to defend."

Pirlo also singled out Arthur – a recent acquisition from Barca – and Paulo Dybala as having put in particularly frustrating displays.

Arthur attempted 98 passes, though Pirlo stated: "He got a bit pig-headed today keeping hold of the ball and trying to find more direct through balls when he should've spread it wide and tried to spread the Ferencvaros defence.

"He should have opened up the game more to create one-on-one situations. If the ball moved too slowly, it allowed them to get back into position."

Dybala, meanwhile, had one good opportunity early on, but was replaced by the match-winner Morata with just over an hour gone.

"Dybala didn't do that well," said Pirlo. "He was injured and had to take antibiotics for weeks, so it's natural he needs time to get back into shape.

"He does need to go beyond his limits in training to rediscover his form."

Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo insisted Cristiano Ronaldo does not receive any special treatment at the Serie A giants.

Ronaldo has made a fine start to the season for Juve, scoring eight goals in his first six games.

His brace guided Juve past Cagliari 2-0 on Saturday, and Ronaldo has scored 29 of Juve's 59 Serie A goals in 2020.

Ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash against Ferencvaros, Pirlo discussed Ronaldo – and said the five-time Ballon d'Or winner was treated like any other player.

"I haven't challenged [Ronaldo] on set-pieces yet. I treat him like I treat all the other players. I'm always available on and off the pitch," he told a news conference.

"It's easy to have a good relationship between humble people. I'm like that.

"I behave with him – a champion – like I do with [Gianluca] Frabotta or [Manolo] Portanova, who are two young players.

"I do the same things I was used to doing when I was a player."

All eight of Ronaldo's Serie A goals this season have come from inside the box, while he has converted 75 per cent of his big chances.

Ahead of hosting Ferencvaros, Juventus are second in Group G, three points adrift of Barcelona.

Andrea Pirlo is keen to experiment with a three-pronged forward line for Juventus featuring Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata despite an injury crisis in defence.

The trio have not yet started together in any competition this season due to injury and illness.

Ronaldo, Juve's top scorer this season with eight goals in six appearances, missed four matches across Serie A and the Champions League after testing positive for coronavirus in October.

Dybala has battled injury and ill health and has only recovered full fitness in the past week, and Morata, who has six goals in nine games, needed time to settle after signing on loan from Atletico Madrid in September.

Pirlo thinks all three are ready to start against Ferencvaros on Tuesday, as Juve aim to secure their place in the last 16, although he is wary of leaving the team too unbalanced.

"We've been thinking about it from the start. Unfortunately, we never had them together in good condition," he told reporters on Monday.

"Dybala was injured, Morata wasn't there right at the start, Ronaldo had COVID... they trained together for a few days. Now, we'll try to balance the team, and then we'll look for a solution to let them play together, if possible."

He said of Dybala, who missed Argentina's World Cup qualifiers this month with illness: "He's better, he's ready. He trained continuously during the international break, apart from the first few days when he was on antibiotics.

"He moved better, he got strength back in his legs and we'll see if we can play him from the start."

Juve's attacking riches are in stark contrast to a depleted defence, made worse by the news Merih Demiral will be out for around 10 days with a muscle issue.

With Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini also sidelined, Pirlo will be forced into something of a makeshift defence against Ferencvaros.

"There are four left at the back and they'll play. Danilo will be at centre-back and Alex Sandro will return at full-back," he said.

"We'll see about the rest. [Dejan] Kulusevski has played a lot of games and [Federico] Chiesa, I don't think he's ready to play from the first minute yet. Let's see how they are tomorrow."

Juve's clean sheet in last weekend's 2-0 win over Cagliari was only their fourth in all competitions in 2020-21.

They conceded three times in their first three Champions League group games and faced 36 shots in total, only nine fewer than Tuesday's winless opponents.

However, victory will guarantee their place in the next round if Dynamo Kiev fail to beat Barcelona.

Andrea Pirlo hopes he now knows his best Juventus XI and does not need to experiment further as the Bianconeri look to kickstart their Serie A title defence.

Juve are fifth ahead of a return to club action this weekend, four points behind early leaders Milan as Pirlo gets to grips with his first coaching role.

Issues with injuries and positive coronavirus tests have forced Pirlo to shuffle his pack, but he now appears to have settled on a system that relies heavily on a forward pairing of Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata.

Morata returned to Turin at the start of the season and has taken Paulo Dybala's place in the side, with the duo yet to play a single minute in Serie A together alongside Ronaldo.

Juve have not won when picking six-goal Ronaldo and Morata from the start, drawing with both Roma and Lazio, but the Portuguese's COVID-19 diagnosis set Pirlo's men back.

The coach certainly appears to have seen enough, surely encouraged by the 4-1 win at Spezia where Morata opened the scoring before the returning Ronaldo arrived from the bench to inspire victory with a brace - the first created by his strike partner.

"I hope the experiments are over," Pirlo told Juventus TV. "I have had the opportunity to work with players who are super willing to talk and make some technical, tactical changes, so I'm satisfied with this.

"Depending on the matches, maybe something will change, but let's first give an energetic impression and then maybe we will change something."

Pirlo reserved special praise for Morata, who starred in Spain's 6-0 Nations League win over Germany in midweek.

The forward, on loan from boyhood club Atletico Madrid, opened the scoring with one of his four efforts and then ran the visiting defence ragged, contesting 14 duels and winning four fouls - highs among all players.

"He is a great player," Pirlo said of Morata. "We took him for this reason. We knew of his quality; now he has also found the confidence and continuity he had lacked in recent years.

"We know his value and we hold him tight and pamper him."

Juve host Cagliari on Saturday and have both Matthijs de Ligt and Alex Sandro back fit, although the latter is likely to start from the bench.

Pirlo hopes his side can build on the 1-1 draw at Lazio prior to the international break when Felipe Caicedo's 95th-minute equaliser cost them two points.

"We played a good game - it's a pity we didn't close it," he said. "It is important to settle games early.

"This must be the mentality. We must not settle after scoring one goal. We must continue playing to try to close these games."

Andrea Pirlo backed Paulo Dybala, defending the playmaker's attitude after Juventus were held by Lazio.

Dybala came off the bench as Juve were pegged back late in a 1-1 Serie A draw at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

Cristiano Ronaldo had put Pirlo's men ahead, but Felipe Caicedo scored a 95th-minute equaliser after a tremendous run by Joaquin Correa.

Pirlo said he had no complaints about Dybala's attitude, with the forward ruled out of Argentina's upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

"I think his attitude is not wrong. He was willing to do well and wanted to help the team," the Juve head coach told a news conference.

"Sometimes it happens not to be in the best physical condition as he is now.

"He needs to work and play, we just need to manage these situations in the final moments of the games if we want to clinch the victory."

Juve sit fifth in the Serie A table, four points adrift of leaders Milan.

They were on track for victory before Caicedo's goal, and since last season, the Ecuadorian has scored five goals from the 90th minute in Serie A – the most of any player.

"When you concede one goal it is not because of the individual but the whole team. We win and lose as a team," Pirlo said.

"We must manage these situations in a better way, being hungry to achieve the result until the very last second."

Juve return to action at home to Cagliari on November 21.

Cristiano Ronaldo was nursing an ankle problem and could not continue as Juventus were denied victory by a last-gasp Felipe Caicedo goal in a 1-1 draw at Lazio, Andrea Pirlo said.

Portugal star Ronaldo opened the scoring after 15 minutes at Stadio Olimpico to net in his first four league games of a season for just the third time, having also done so in the 2009-10 and 2014-15 seasons.

With 27 goals to his name in 2020, no player in the top-five European leagues has more in the calendar year, but his withdrawal with 14 minutes of Sunday's clash ultimately proved a pivotal moment.

Explaining why Ronaldo, who did appear to hobble as he sat on the bench, was taken off, Juve coach Pirlo told DAZN: "Ronaldo is a key player not only for us but for all the teams where he played, he had an ankle problem and he was forced to leave.

"Those who entered the pitch did well, [but] we had problems to hold the ball and manage certain types of plays."

Ronaldo had three shots on target from five attempts and also crashed an effort against the post for a Juve side who continue to trail early leaders Milan, three points adrift of Stefano Pioli's team ahead of the Rossoneri's clash with Verona later on Sunday.

The Bianconeri are unbeaten through seven games for the eighth time in the past 10 seasons, but Pirlo warned his side that titles are decided on moments such as late levellers.

"We played a great game, they never had a shot on target," he added.

"Championships are won if we take care of every detail, we mismanaged the ball in the final 10 seconds and they scored the equaliser."

Lazio were hindered by the absence of star striker Ciro Immobile who alongside Lucas Leiva and Thomas Strakhosha was absent after they reportedly returned inconclusive tests for coronavirus.

Caicedo entered the fray to replace the largely ineffective Vedat Muriqi after 54 minutes and his stoppage-time leveller was the fifth time since the start of last season he has scored after the 90th minute – the most in Serie A.

"I have an exceptional rapport with Ciro, he wished us all the best and we missed him today, but he is always present even when he’s not physically here," Caicedo said.

"With this determination and refusal to give in, we can go far. We can continue to do what we did last season, with the attitude we showed last week against Torino and again here."

Head coach Simone Inzaghi, whose Lazio side have gained 33 points from a losing position since the start of last season which is more than any other team in the top five European leagues, paid tribute to the goal hero.

"Caicedo is a great player, a wonderful person who after five or six months was already adored by everyone," Inzaghi said.

"I asked the club, and they immediately agreed, to keep him, as he was the ideal player to complete the front line."

Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini has been ruled out of Sunday's Serie A encounter at Lazio due to a thigh injury.

The Italy centre-back did the damage in training on Saturday and will not feature at Stadio Olimpico.

Juve stated that Chiellini will be evaluated in the next few days, while midfielder Aaron Ramsey also misses out on the trip to the capital.

The midfielder sustained a thigh injury in the Champions League victory over Ferencvaros in midweek and has also pulled out of his national side's latest squad.

Lazio are unbeaten in five matches in all competitions and Pirlo is expecting an entertaining encounter in the Eternal City.

The Juve head coach said in an interview with the Italian champions' official website: "It is certainly going to be a great game, because Lazio-Juventus is an enjoyable match to play.

"It will also be difficult, as Lazio are a wonderful team and proved that in recent years, so it’s tough, but exciting.

"We imagined their classic 3-5-2 with a very tight defence. They are very good on the counter, especially with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, as well as their forwards.

"This is why we must be wary of making technical errors that can spark those counters."

Pirlo was impressed by the way the Bianconeri took Ferencvaros apart in a 4-1 win and wants to see the Turin giants dominate opponents on a regular basis.

He added: "We had some interesting pointers in terms of performance and how we develop the attacking play from the midfield.

"We occupied the attacking spaces well and that is positive, so while we still need to improve, we are on the right track playing a different football to what this team was accustomed to in the past.

"Goals from midfielders are important and we are working to get more of them pushing forward, like Adrien Rabiot and Weston McKennie.

“I always knew [Alvaro] Morata was a complete player and not just in his finishing, so what he's done in recent matches is not a surprise. He is always involved in the play and have always looked to him.

"What I would like to see is a team with more confidence and that is dominating the match. That could be a big step forward to take."

Andrea Pirlo urged Juventus to become less selfish after a 4-1 Champions League victory at Ferencvaros on Wednesday.

Juve eased to a Group G win in Hungary, but they needed three goals in the final half-hour to move onto six points.

Alvaro Morata scored a brace before a Paulo Dybala strike and Lasha Dvali own goal, with Juve denied a clean sheet by Franck Boli in the 90th minute.

While he was pleased with the win, Juve coach Pirlo wants improvement from his team.

"I am satisfied with the result, but we could have done much better in terms of the game," he told Sky Sport.

"It was important to get a result, but obviously we have to improve."

Pirlo added: "I am someone who talks a lot with the players, then they go on the pitch and the choices are theirs.

"It is important, however, that these choices are right. We need to be less selfish and close games earlier."

Juve have now won 10 of their past 14 away Champions League group stage matches, including four in a row.

They played the second half against Ferencvaros without Arthur and Pirlo said the midfielder was unwell.

"Arthur wasn't feeling well as soon as he got on the pitch. He had indigestion, he had stomach issues. Therefore, he felt like he had to throw up," Pirlo told a news conference.

"We kept him on the pitch, he wanted to stay on the pitch until the end of the first half, however, our intention was to replace him immediately, because he couldn't run and he almost couldn't breathe."

Sitting third in Serie A, Juventus visit Lazio on Sunday.

Juventus' Champions League defeat to Barcelona helped them understand where they need to improve, said Andrea Pirlo, who believes playing the Blaugrana early in the competition was a positive for his side.

The Bianconeri visit Ferencvaros on Wednesday, looking to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Barca on home soil last week.

Pirlo's men did not have a shot on target, although Alvaro Morata saw three goals ruled out for offside, and the legendary former Juve and Italy midfielder feels the game served as a valuable learning experience for his team.

Asked about the meeting with Ronald Koeman's side, Pirlo said: "They made us understand that we need to improve, that to play certain types of matches we need to have more determination and organisation. 

"We knew we were meeting a great team and maybe meeting them so soon did us good. 

"We will work to improve and play a great match when we go to them."

In Ferencvaros, Juve are facing a side who have conceded seven goals in two games, the most of any side in the competition, and will have Cristiano Ronaldo in the squad after he missed out on the Barca clash due to his COVID-19 diagnosis.

However, Pirlo is keen not to underestimate the Hungarian side, with Juve having last lost back-to-back Champions League group-stage games in 2014.

He added: "We have studied Ferencvaros. They are a quality team and they have had two good games in the Champions League in which they deserved more.

"They have a good game plan and excellent attacking players."

There will be fans in the stands in Budapest, a scenario largely alien to players during the coronavirus pandemic.

However, Juve prevailed with spectators present in their opening Group G game with Dynamo Kiev, and Pirlo expects having a crowd to benefit his players.

He said: "Having fans here tomorrow will also be a positive factor for us, because it helps us to raise our focus."

Cristiano Ronaldo simply "did his job" with a brace for Juventus against Spezia, head coach Andrea Pirlo said.

After testing positive for coronavirus, Ronaldo missed four Juve games, but returned with two goals off the bench in Sunday's 4-1 Serie A victory at Spezia.

While Pirlo rued Juve's profligacy, he said Ronaldo – who was introduced in the 56th minute – just did his job off the bench.

"We created chances in the first half too, it was a shame that we were level at half-time after creating so many occasions," he told a news conference.

"We have to be more clinical in front of the goal, because when you have the opportunities, games must be finished off. Then Cristiano came on and he did his job.

"We are not looking at the league standings for now, because we know we dropped some points along the way."

While he only came on in the 56th minute, Ronaldo's two shots on target were more than any other player on the pitch could manage.

Juve – who are third in Serie A – headed to Spezia after just one win in four games, including losing to Barcelona in the Champions League.

But Pirlo said he had ignored any criticism of Juve, who make the trip to Ferencvaros on Wednesday.

"No, I don't listen to that as a coach, I didn't as a player," he said.

"I just think about doing my job on a daily basis to try and improve my team."

Juventus must patiently wait for Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala to recover full fitness before selecting both in a front three alongside Alvaro Morata, says Andrea Pirlo.

Dybala and Morata started in attack on Sunday as Juve took on Spezia in Serie A, looking for a first win in three.

That victory came, but Juventus only took control after Ronaldo - back following a negative coronavirus test this week - replaced Dybala shortly after half-time.

Morata had opened the scoring, before Spezia responded through Tommaso Pobega, while Dybala struggled.

Ronaldo's brace - either side of a strike from fellow substitute Adrien Rabiot - secured a 4-1 win, the Portuguese netting twice from the bench for the second time in his career. His previous such double came against Wigan Athletic for Manchester United in 2006.

But head coach Pirlo appears reluctant to switch to an exciting forward trio in the immediate future.

"We changed a bit for Spezia's approach," Pirlo told Sky Italia. "We brought Arthur a bit deeper because they were playing with three midfielders.

"But we played a good game. Dybala also played a good game. He lacks a little in terms of condition, but he is growing and we are waiting for him.

"It's still early because Cristiano comes from 20 days of inactivity, even Dybala is growing during the matches.

"But now we will see how we will do in the next few days and then we will decide."

Juventus are next in action on Wednesday when they face Ferencvaros in the Champions League.

Morata linked up effectively in the final third with each of Dybala and Ronaldo on Sunday, firing wide early on from the Argentina international's pass before creating five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo's first goal two minutes after his introduction.

However, the Spanish striker, who also created a chance for Federico Chiesa, shared just five passes with Dybala and three with Ronaldo.

Andrea Pirlo insisted this season would not simply be a transition campaign for Juventus, saying he wanted to win.

After just two wins from their opening five Serie A games, Juve also suffered a 2-0 loss to Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Pirlo, who took charge in August, said while the Italian giants were rebuilding, he still wanted to win.

"No, it's a year in which we're building, but we want to try and reach results. I'm not here to build without winning," the Juve coach told a news conference.

"Maybe we will need a bit more time, but we have to know that results must come through a certain type of play style that maybe we are struggling to assimilate."

Goals from Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi either side of Merih Demiral's red card saw Barca to their win in Turin.

Juve forward Alvaro Morata incredibly saw three strikes ruled out for offside.

The defeat was just Juventus' second home loss in their past 25 Champions League group-stage games.

Pirlo said the encounter showed just how much his team had to improve.

"We have to improve a lot in terms of attitude, in being good at playing this kind of game," he said.

"For many players it was one of those games they had never played, one of the first appearances in Champions League and therefore the difference in terms of personality and skill at playing this kind of game becomes visible.

"We will need this to improve in the future."

Juve visit Spezia in Serie A action on Sunday.

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