Juventus boss looks to Pep Guardiola for inspiration.
Andrea Pirlo is keen on imitating Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola’s philosophy to match the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach’s success at Juventus.
The Juventus legend was appointed as the club’s manager following the sacking of Maurizio Sarri in August. Pirlo had just joined the club’s U-23 side a week prior, starting his managerial career after an illustrious playing career.
But Sarri’s sacking despite winning the Serie A was largely due to their failures in the Champions League after losing to Lyon in Round of 16 of the tournament. Pirlo was brought on as the permanent coach to bring the first European success to the Italian giants since 1996.
While the former midfielder is having a struggling start to the campaign, he has crystallized his long-term philosophy for the club. The 41-year-old is keen on following fellow legendary midfielder turned coach, Pep Guardiola’s footsteps. Pep’s attacking-minded style is exactly what Pirlo wants to integrate within his squad.
Guardiola is an example for all of us, he is one of the best. It gave a way forward for young coaches who wanted to promote a certain type of offensive football.” Pirlo told UEFA.com
“I like his style of play: always attacking and influencing the game in order to always manage situations. This must be our goal for the future.”
Cristiano Ronaldo, naturally, is said to be the central figure in the club’s chances of a European trophy. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is currently recovering from COVID-19 after testing positive during the international break.
Pirlo, however, is already planning for his return with the Portuguese international to play alongside Alvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala in a front-three.
We are thinking to play them as a front-three, with Ronaldo in his classic centre-left position”. Pirlo said.
Juventus are playing Barcelona next in the Champions League, but might not having Ronaldo as the forward is yet to test negative for the coronavirus. Juve are trying their best to convince UEFA to test Cristiano 24h prior to the match as the rule demands him being cleared days ago.
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