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Pirlo defends Dybala’s behaviour as the Juventus star withdraws from Argentina team

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The Argentine attacker has failed to get this campaign going and will use the forthcoming global break to rest.

Andrea Pirlo backed Paulo Dybala, defending the conduct of the playmaker after Lazio was retained by Juventus.

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

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

Pirlo said he had no concerns about the behaviour of Dybala, with the forward recently ruled out of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers in Argentina.

The Juve head coach told a news conference, “I think his attitude is not wrong. He was motivated to do well and wanted to support the team.”

“Sometimes, when he is now, it appears not to be in the best physical shape. He wants to practice and play, in the final moments of the match, we only need to handle these conditions if we want to win the victory.”

Juve is sitting fifth in the Serie A table, four points behind leaders AC Milan, who on Sunday saved a 2-2 draw with Hellas Verona.

Before Caicedo’s goal, Pirlo’s side were on track for victory, and since last season, from the 90th minute in Serie A, the Ecuadorian has scored five goals, most of any player.

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“It’s not because of the guy, but the whole team when you concede one goal. As a team, we win and lose,” said Pirlo.

“We need to treat these conditions in a better way, to be hungry until the very last second to achieve the outcome.”

On November 21, Juve will return to action at home in Cagliari before hosting Ferencvaros a few days later in the Champions League.

When they return to action with the manager announcing his Portuguese star sustained an ankle injury against Lazio, Pirlo will be hoping he can call on Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Not just for us, but for all the teams for which he has played, Ronaldo is a crucial player. Unfortunately, he had an ankle problem and was forced to leave the field,” Pirlo told DAZN.

“[Federico] Chiesa was unable to play today, [Giorgio] Chiellini was wounded and Alex Sandro and [Matthijs] de Ligt were out, but we can’t use them as excuses.”

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