Pirlo: Juventus 'fully deserved' to beat Fiorentina

The Italian veteran feels Antonio Conte's charges earned their place in the next round of the Europa League following their narrow win over la Viola
Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo insists his side fully deserved to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Europa League after a 1-0 victory over Fiorentina.

A superb second-leg free kick from Pirlo overturned la Viola's away-goal advantage following a 1-1 result in Turin last week, and the 34-year-old feels the Bianconeri warranted their place in the next round.

"It was important to move forward [in the Europa League]," the veteran midfielder told Mediaset immediately after the match. "We wanted to qualify and I think it was a well deserved win from what we saw here tonight.

"A game that lasts 180 minutes [is a long time], but we knew we could do it. We want to continue progressing in Europe as well as Serie A."

Juventus, which currently leads the Italian top flight with a comfortable 14-point advantage over second-placed Roma, will find out its quarterfinal opponent after the draw on Friday.