Juventus had overlooked their recent defeat to Inter ahead of the Coppa Italia semi-final between the Serie A giants, Andrea Pirlo insisted.

With a 4-0 thrashing of SPAL on Wednesday in the quarter-finals, Juve secured their place in the last four.

In a two-legged semi-final, they will face Inter, having fallen to the Nerazzurri less than a fortnight ago in Serie A. But Pirlo said that Juve, who for the eighth time in 10 seasons had reached the Coppa semi-finals, had moved on from that encounter.

“We forgot the game in Milan [against Inter] because it was in the league,” the Juve head coach told a news conference.

“We will play the semi-final of Coppa Italia next week, so we will face them eager to qualify for the final. These two games are different. We have to cancel the game played last Sunday, but we have to prepare well for the semi-final.”

In Juve’s resounding win against SPAL, Alvaro Morata, Gianluca Frabotta, Dejan Kulusevski and Federico Chiesa scored.

As one of four Serie A players to have been involved in 20-plus goals in all competitions this season, Morata joined Cristiano Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku, and Ciro Immobile (13 goals and seven assists).

Gianluigi Buffon, meanwhile, started and kept a clean sheet, making one save, and Pirlo said he hoped more of the 43-year-old would come.

“It’s a pleasure having Gigi in the team. It’s a pleasure to see him training every day as a young player. This is the most important thing,” he said.

“Otherwise you need to find something else to do when you have the energy so you can carry on [playing]. I didn’t think he could have a career so long when we were playing together. He had severe injuries to his back and shoulder, but he was very focused on his body and he worked harder than when he was young. That’s why he had this long career.

He will play again this season because he showed he is still one of the best goalkeepers in the world. I hope we can enjoy him for more time.”


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