09 August 2020 20:32
Conte: 'Pirlo making me feel old!' By Football Italia staff Inter boss Antonio Conte admits seeing Andrea Pirlo become his Scudetto rival coach at Juventus is 'starting to make me feel old!' The decision was announced yesterday that the Bianconeri would be led by Pirlo in his very first management role, replacing Maurizio Sarri. "I am certainly very happy for Andrea, because on top of everything he gave me in a football sense, he is an exceptional person and I have immense affection for him," said Conte in his press conference. "Having said that, seeing players who I used to train are now becoming coaches is starting to make me feel old!" Pirlo was the key figure in Conte's Juventus, who started the run of nine consecutive Serie A titles with three in a row back in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14. They then worked together when Conte took the Italy job for two years. Meanwhile, Pirlo also said his first words since the announcement of his new role was made.
"I'm deeply pleased and honoured to receive such respect and trust from Juventus. He wrote that on Twitter, but got the wrong 'handle' for Juventus, instead linking to a plastic surgery company in New York. Contento e orgoglioso di ricevere tanta stima e fiducia da @Juventus. Pronto per questa fantastica opportunità! I'm deeply pleased and honored to receive such respect and trust from Juventus. Ready for this amazing opportunity! pic.twitter.com/ZiLaYfCCVB — Andrea Pirlo (@Pirlo_official) August 9, 2020 Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £9.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Pirlo can become a greater coach than Zidane, says Juventus legend Del Piero The Real Madrid boss has three Champions League titles to his name, but the Italy great could match him, according to his compatriot New head coach Andrea Pirlo can match the achievements of Zinedine Zidane at, according to Bianconeri legend Alessandro Del Piero. Following Juve's surprise exit at the hands of on Friday, Maurizio Sarri was sacked from the role, with Pirlo, who was only appointed as head coach of the Under-23 side last week, swiftly upgraded into the top post. Pirlo's move into management caught many by surprise, and while Del Piero admits that he was one of those, he believes that the former midfield playmaker has the ability to replicate the achievements of Zidane, who has won three Champions League titles and the Primera Division with Real Madrid, having been another unlikely figure in the dugout. "It's not a fair comparison, because Zizou had already worked with the Real Madrid youth team and then was Carlo Ancelotti's assistant manager, but Pirlo has everything it takes to do even better than Zidane," Del Piero told Sky Sport Italia. "He already knows the club, the players, the directors, so I think they communicated in a very clear way. "To be honest, I wouldn't have bet on him becoming the coach. It's a surprise for me too. "I was already pleased for him taking the Under-23 role and thought that was the right move for him, but he's skipped ahead, so I can only wish him luck. "I think the general perception of former players who become coaches is changing in. Before, there was this need to go through a long process in the lower leagues to learn the trade, but in recent years we've seen Filippo and Simone Inzaghi succeed, plus Gennaro Gattuso. They were great players and started straight away with great teams." Juventus finished the season just a single point ahead of but did enough to secure their ninth Scudetto in succession. The gap, however, was uncomfortable, particularly with and only three points further back from the Nerazzurri. Meanwhile, the Turin side have been unsettled further by reports in that star man Cristiano Ronaldo remains a potential target for in the summer transfer window.