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Pirlo Responds To Ronaldo Error

With Cristiano Ronaldo once again receiving a lot of criticism following another error in Juventus' latest match, coach Andrea Pirlo has reacted to the incident.

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The 36-year-old returned to the starting XI after missing his side's 1-0 defeat to Atalanta on Sunday, but failed to score in Juve's 3-1 win over Parma on Wednesday night.

Instead, Ronaldo made headlines for ducking under a free-kick by Gaston Brugman, which saw the visitors take an early 1-0 lead before a brace by Alex Sandro and a third goal by Matthijs de Ligt turned the tie around.

This incident comes a few weeks after the second leg of Juve's round of 16 tie against Porto the in the UEFA Champions League. In that match, Ronaldo was in the wall for a late free-kick when he turned away as the ball went through the wall for the Portuguese club's all-important second away goal in the 115th minute of extra-time, which ultimately saw the Bianconeri get knocked out of the competition.

Pirlo, though, tried to defend his superstar's error against Parma, and indicated that it might be time to remove him from wall duties going forward.

"Unfortunately, these things happen, but we'll evaluate it (Ronaldo being in the wall) over the next few days," he said, as per Football Italia.

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The Italian tactician also praised his men's efforts in their latest match, especially in the second half.  

"We did well to turn it around and the win was important for our confidence as we played well and needed to take home the three points," he added.

"We have instinctive players, but must also give them directions on the positions to hold.

"They did it better in the second half than the first, especially with the body positioning to receive the ball. We were too distant in the first half and that slowed down the passing movement.

"Maybe we don't maintain the same concentration and pace from match to match. Sometimes we are a little slow, we hold on to the ball, allow the opposition to occupy the space and it all grinds to a halt."

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Juventus, who have now collected 65 points after 32 games, are currently 11 points behind Serie A leaders Inter Milan.

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