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Pirlo admits he’ll reconsider Ronaldo free-kick role after Parma mishap

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The Portuguese superstar seems to have not learned from his mistake that contributed to his side’s exit from the Champions League.

Andrea Pirlo admits he will have to reconsider placing Cristiano Ronaldo in the wall for free kicks after the player yet again did a poor blocking job against Parma.

Ronaldo’s sturdy built means in theory he should perform the blocking duties well in defensive walls. Instead, he has shown reluctance to commit to blocking free-kicks lately.

The Juve talisman was guilty of making it easy for Porto to score in the Champions League last-16 and was once again guilty of the same against Parma in Wednesday night’s Serie A outing.

“Unfortunately these things happen, we will evaluate what to do in the next matches and whether to put him in the wall,” Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia post-match.

Juventus went behind 25 minutes into the game, with Gaston Brugman scoring a wonderful free-kick after Weston McKennie had brought down Gervinho just outside the box.

The hosts, however, were able to pull a 3-1 comeback win, with Alex Sandro’s scoring the very first brace of his career and Matthijs de Ligt getting his first goal of the season.

Despite the win, the Bianconeri boss was not completely satisfied with his side’s performance.

“We made life difficult for ourselves with the opening goal, then ran a few other risks on set plays, and it’s a pity because we’d done well defending from dead ball situations this season.

“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 onto the ball, allow the opposition to occupy the space and it all grinds to a halt.”