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Pjanic: “We’ll have a chance to correct things”

April 5, 2018

Miralem Pjanic believes Juventus will “have a chance to correct things” next week following the 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid.

Juve have it all to do in Madrid and will need to score at least three goals to bring parity to the scoreline and Pjanic insists I Bianconeri are not out of it yet.

“Obviously there was a bit of regret, and we’re disappointed with the result,” Pjanic told Sky.

“From the day after though the Coach made it clear to us that we have to go there to play in the return match.

“Obviously it’ll be difficult, but right now we’re preparing to play well on Saturday. Then we’ll go to Madrid to try and do something that will be very difficult, which is to try to get through.

“We’re not giving anything up, because anything can happen in football. Of course the first leg complicates things.

“In my opinion the goal at the start hurt us, it could definitely have been avoided. During the game I felt we were always in it and we had chances, we were pushing hard to score goals.

“Of course Ronaldo scored two extraordinary goals worthy of such a great player, but in general the lads all know we had to do better in that game.

“Sometimes though the ball just doesn’t want to go in. I think we deserved to score at least one goal, but we faced a very strong and well-prepared team and we’re sorry that we lost in this way.

“In the return leg we’ll have a chance to correct things.

“Roma v Barca? We’re talking about two extraordinary teams, with players who are used to playing in these games. It’s true that the results were a bit harsh, both yesterday and for us two days ago.

“In certain games the little things go against you, against us Ronaldo had a great day and he’s more than capable of doing what he did.

“I’ll say again that I think we could have done a bit better. We have huge respect for Real, or a team like Barcelona, but we’ve always shown we can play against them.

“Then there were some incidents which went in their favour, we could have scored goals but [Keylor] Navas did well, then obviously they had chances too but when the result was still open we could still have changed the game.

“It’s the little moments that change matches.

“They have a very strong midfield and it’s really very balanced with great players, they’re a complete team in every area, so they’re difficult to deal with.

“I think Juventus can compete with them though.

“With the Scudetto and the Coppa Italia it would be a very positive year, and we know that here we need to try and win the Champions League, which is definitely more difficult but now and in the future it’s something we want to do.

“But winning a seventh Scudetto would be an extraordinary thing and we really want to do it.”

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