Apr 24 (Reuters) – Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said there is a positive atmosphere at the club despite the collapse of the idea of a Super League, insisting he is not concerned about the threat of a ban from the Liga de Champions.
The Italian champions were one of 12 clubs to join the formation of a Super League, which collapsed in three days when eight clubs withdrew after fierce public backlash.
Juve president Andrea Agnelli was one of the masterminds of the project and has since faced calls to resign, but Pirlo insists the atmosphere is good.
“Agnelli is calm, it is normal that a lot has been said about him during this period. He brings a lot of enthusiasm every day when he comes to the pitch and we are relaxed,” Pirlo said at a press conference.
“The atmosphere is positive, it is that of a team that wants to finish the season well,” he added.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin warned that the 12 clubs involved in the Super League “will have to suffer the consequences of their actions,” but Pirlo said he did not fear a possible suspension from the Champions League.
“We are not afraid of this, we are calm and focused on what we should do. We are calm about what UEFA will decide,” he said.
(Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie; Edited in Spanish by Gabriela Donoso)