Pirlo took issue with Sky Sport Italia pundit Giancarlo Padovan about using players out of position.
“We were in an emergency situation, if you look at the absentees. I had already adapted Alex Sandro as a centre-back, so we couldn't invent more than that.
“If you are missing four defenders, full-backs and strikers, then you tell me what I'm supposed to do."
Pirlo was asked if he could've adopted a four-man defence with Radu Dragusin instead of forcing Juve to stick with three.
“Dragusin is not a full-back and he has never played as a full-back, he is a third centre-back. You should watch games carefully before commenting.
“Excuse me, but who would you have placed in that formation? Chiesa is an attacking winger, he played many games in that role. Bernardeschi has almost always played in that role.
“Perhaps they were the only two players there who were in their natural roles. When you have to make changes, everyone needs to adapt."