Andrea Pirlo declined to blame the dismissal of Juan Cuadrado for the heavy home loss of Juventus to Fiorentina and instead challenged his players’ mentality going into the match.

In his 13th league match in charge, Juve suffered their first Serie A defeat under Pirlo, going down 3-0 in what was also their heaviest loss since moving to the Allianz Stadium in 2011.

Cuadrado caught Gaetano Castroville on the shin and a red card was released with just 18 minutes on the clock on his 200th appearance for the Turin giants, upgraded from a yellow after a VAR search.

By that time, Dusan Vlahovic had given Fiorentina an early lead and Juve could not respond, conceding again through the own goal of Alex Sandro and the tap-in of Martin Caceres.

In Tuesday’s game, Juve had a couple of penalty appeals turned down, their last in 2020, but Pirlo conceded that his team simply failed to turn up.

“What happened with the red card cannot be used as an alibi,” he told Sky Sport Italia. The outcome was not due to the behavior of Fiorentina but to our absence.

You face bad circumstances like this when this is the case. It can happen in games before Christmas, then you have your mind on holiday. We were unfocused and have not been able to recover.

It seems obvious to me that the photos for the sending off. There may have been some options in our favor, but that’s not something I want to comment on, you can see for yourself.

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