“Pirlo, like Pep and Zizou”

That Andrea Pirlo is not a newcomer coach is more obvious. From the time he was sitting in the chair on how to lead a team on the pitch during his time as a footballer, 'il Maestro' could be seen as a potential coach. After his retirement, his idea, and that of the club, was to train in the Juventus subsidiary, as did others like Guardiola and Zidane, and then make the leap to the first team. However, the dismissal of Maurizio Sarri accelerated his private service and Andrea found herself with a role in front of her. Debut as first coach in the Vecchia Signora. He joined, in this way, the long list of ex-footballers who take charge of the teams in which they were legend. A list that highlights the aforementioned pair of names.

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This is referred to Mircea Lucescu, Dynamo Kiev coach, rival bianconero in the Champions, in an exclusive interview for 'Tuttospot'. “Pirlo is like Pep and Zizou”says the Romanian. A few words that illuminate the front page of the Italian media this Friday, October 9. “Charisma and genius, he is a phenomenon”. Affirmations, these, that come with knowledge of the facts. And not only based on the two games that the team has played under the orders of its new coach.

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Cover of 'Tuttospot' from Friday, October 9, 2020.

However, the now most veteran coach of the Champions League gave the alternative to Pirlo long before playing 'Maestro'. Before even being considered a 'student'. The one from Bucharest called Andrea up when he was 15 years old and was one of the stars of the Brescia quarry, a team that, at that time, was led by the veteran coach. His debut would not come until a year later, when Adelio Moro already occupied the bench of The Leonessa and the then midfielder was 16 years and two days old (youngest player to debut with the club).


Lucescu would see something in the new player to make him train with the elders, being just a pipiolo. Something that the Juventus board has also seen to hand over the keys to Juventus at just 41 years old. Thus, his case recalls Guardiola and Zidane. Two coaches who have made a name for themselves on the benches in Barcelona and Real Madrid, the teams where the former grew up and the latter retired. Countless titles with Pep's reinvention of touch football against effectiveness and excellence in Zizou's top European competition.

Two players who, Like Pirlo, they understood football with the ball glued to the boot and that, as coaches, they have also bet on it. Plus a Guardiola who has made possession his identity. Less a Zidane that has turned what was once a steamroller into a solvent machine that is very difficult to tear down. They both did like Caesar. 'Vini, vidi, vici'. They arrived, saw and won in their first brushstrokes as a coach.

Now, Pirlo, wants to follow in his footsteps in the country that kicked the author of such a famous phrase. At the moment, everything is going and has the approval of the board, the fans and Cristiano himself. His bet on offensive football like, he even considers using five forwards when the occasion comes. Sarri's 4-4-2 has passed away and has established a 3-4-3 that illuminates the best version of some lanes much more extreme than lateral. Danilo, a former City player whom he has reinvented, is his union with Guardiola, a model from which Flero's is drinking. De Zidane has his most powerful weapon, a Cristiano Ronaldo who linked his name, that of Madrid and that of Zinedine himself to the Champions League and who, after his landing in Turin, is fighting with the Orejona. The Portuguese star now has his particular Zidane. In 19944, Lucescu saw something and 16 years later he has seen it again. In his day he was not wrong, we will see if this time he is right again. Pirlo, for his part, has the path marked.