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Pirlo opens up about his playing and managerial career

Andrea Pirlo reflects on his playing and coaching career, acknowledging the influence of Max Allegri in his departure from Milan, his resurgence at Juventus, and his World Cup victory with Italy.

Former Juventus midfielder and head coach Andrea Pirlo shared some of his most memorable and challenging experiences on the field while on stage.

“Carlo Mazzone was the first to see me in the deep-lying midfielder role, he wanted me to be the Falcao of Brescia, and he really had vision. Carlo Ancelotti is a fantastic person, I am proud to have had him as a coach and a friend.

“As for Antonio Conte, he was the right person to start that new era at Juventus and gave me a second wind in my career. With Marcello Lippi, we became world champions and that Azzurri adventure was truly unforgettable.”

Pirlo played a crucial role in the Italy squad that clinched the 2006 World Cup. Despite the ongoing Calciopoli scandal in their homeland, the team united and achieved success.

“There was this belief within the group that we could go all the way and our confidence just kept growing thanks to what was happening outside of the camp. We created this solid unit that allowed us to make a dream come true.”

Pirlo thankful of Juventus for giving him a chance

Pirlo began his coaching career at Juventus and later took charge of Sampdoria in Serie B, currently serving as the team’s manager.

“I can only thank Juventus for giving me the job without experience. It was a good season, starting a new way of playing. I am sure we would’ve improved in following years, but I am not bitter about their decision.

“Clearly, when your coaching career starts at Juventus, you can only go down from there. It was disappointing, but I am pleased with the path I have taken.

“Sampdoria did not ask for immediate results, but to create a new project for a club that was coming off the verge of bankruptcy. It was impossible to say no, Samp are known all over the world and have a fantastic fanbase.

“We know that there are no funds to buy players, so we are on our own, but can still have a dignified campaign.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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