Pirlo is confident that the Champions League matches against Borussia Dortmund will reveal the true Juventus and reminisces of his time at Milan in an interview with Spanish website ABC
Andrea Pirlo takes a walk down memory lane and charting his back his career on Spanish website ABC:
“Everything began with my brother, who’s three years older than I. My first football idol was Roberto Baggio, I liked seeing an Italian play that sort of football. But also Lother Matthaus, to be honest. At the time I sympathized for Inter and he was their leader”.
Juve’s number 21 also spoke about the good fortune of meeting a great coach like Carlo Ancelotti: “He’s my football father, he put me in front of the defence and made me become a top player. He’s one of the most wonderful people that I’ve met in this sport”.
On his much discussed passage to the bianconeri in 2011 from Milan to Juventus, Pirlo stated: “After a decade with the rossoneri I needed a change, my career needed new stimuli. Juventus was the best thing that could happen to me. We won the scudetto for three years running and now have the opportunity to make it four”
On his current coach Massimiliano Allegri, Pirlo states once and for all that he doesn’t have any issues with him: “He wasn’t responsible for my leaving Milan, it was solely my choice”. On the current situation at Juventus Pirlo said: “In European competition there are many factors that influence the competition and it’s difficult to win Champions League. The home and away match against Borussia will tell us who Juventus truly is”.
On his current teammates, Pirlo is impressed with French starlet Paul Pogba and Morata: “Pogba has everything: physique, technique and scoring prowess. He’s perfect. Morata has taken a while to get used to the Juventus environment. After Christmas, however, he has shown to be a great forward”.
One last word on his retirement: “I have more enthusiasm today than I did when I was 15 years old, I don’t think about retiring, that moment is still far away”.