Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo says “we all have to get out this together” after crashing to a demoralising 3-0 home loss to AC Milan which left last season’s champions outside the top four.
Brahim Diaz opened the scoring right on half-time, before second-half strikes from Ante Rebic and Fikayo Tomori sealed an emphatic win.
“I knew we were going to run into difficulties, but now we all have to get out of this together,” Pirlo said.
“There must always be pride in wearing this shirt and certain performances must not be there.
“I had a different project in mind, I tried to work according to certain principles, at times we had to adapt, but I am convinced that I have an excellent team at my disposal. If something went wrong, I take responsibility for it.”
The jungle drums are beating around Pirlo’s position, particularly if Juve fail to finish in the top four, having won nine straight Serie A titles previously.
“Step aside? No,” Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia when asked if he would resign. “I have undertaken this job with a lot of enthusiasm, there are difficulties but my work goes on and I am available.
“I think I can do better and be able to get out of it, together with the team. We have to look forward, I will continue to do my job as long as I am allowed.
“We had actually started fairly well in the match, but we lost our way and this was the final result. It’s difficult to explain now. There were many components that didn’t work.”