“We started badly and conceded with our poor backpass, but then there was a strong reaction from the whole team, despite missing so many players.
“We didn't let our heads drop, we started to step up the tempo and that was the most important thing," Pirlo told DAZN.
“We thought about Tuesday's game, we have some players who have barely trained, like Cuadrado and Arthur. We knew tonight was like a final, some had to play in new positions and showed great professionalism and spirit of sacrifice.
“The most important thing was the three points. Danilo was ready to work in central midfield, while Bernardeschi deserves all the compliments for playing as a left-back.
“What I liked the most was the reaction of the team, as we didn't accept being behind in such a delicate and important game, so it was that spirit I appreciated."