Andrea Pirlo Juventus head coach said Cristiano Ronaldo was very motivated to face “rival” Lionel Messi after his brace inspired a 3-0 win over Barcelona in the Champions League.
For the first time since 2011, Ronaldo and Messi faced each other in the Champions League and the former came out on top at Camp Nou, where Juve displaced Barca to claim Group G on Tuesday.
Juventus superstar Ronaldo, who left Real Madrid in 2018, has become the first player in Champions League history to score two penalties in a single game against Barca.
Ronaldo also took his tally to 14 goals in his past 13 visits to Barca in all competitions, more than any other away ground in his club senior career.
Andrea Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia: “Ronaldo was very motivated to put in a good performance here against his eternal rival, so when you’re that motivated, it becomes simple.
“There are many games in a season and it’s easier to get fired up for fixtures like this, but we mustn’t lose sight of the real target, which is Serie A, so we have to be this concentrated and committed there too.”
“It was important for our journey that we pick up where we left off in the derby. When you start with that focus, concentration and determination, then the quality emerges,” said Pirlo, whose Juve are fourth in Serie A.
“We had prepared the match to create superiority in midfield with three against their two, the midfielders like McKennie able to push up, as we knew they had difficulty stopping them pushing up through the middle.
“The tactical plan worked and then the players did really well to make the most of the scoring opportunities.