In detailed interview, Andrea Pirlo discussed which clubs would challenge Juventus in Italy next season and also spoke about Mario Balotelli.
Since retiring from professional football, we haven’t heard a lot about Andrea Pirlo. The Italy legend has largely kept a low profile and is pretty much spending most of his time with his family. Indeed, after almost 25 years in the game, the once majestic midfielder deserves a break.
In a rare interview with Gazzetta della Sport, Andrea Pirlo discussed a lot of things, including the national team, Juventus and the curious case of Mario Balotelli.
Pirlo says that he doesn’t really miss having to train every single day and admits he isn’t anxious to find another job.
Italy is going through somewhat of a resurgence with the national team’s stats improving considerably under Roberto Mancini. And Pirlo believes that the Azzurri is well on track.
One key aspect would be the return of Mario Balotelli. The striker may be a divisive figure but his talent cannot be doubted. And Pirlo feels that Balotelli deserves another chance while also praising Juventus starlet, Moise Kean who has been on fire of late.
“He got back in the game, I think he should return to the national team if he really understands that it is the only thing left for him to do. However, in the meantime, it would be great to call Kean. Do not waste his confidence. When he plays he often scores a goal.”
While Juventus romped to yet another Scudetto, next season might be tricky. And Pirlo has identified Napoli as a serious threat to his old team.
“The same three today, I think. Even though Lazio is doing well now, Napoli is doing its best, because they are very strong. Inter could ahve done more but they held themselves back at certain crucial moments, had injuries and then the Icardi affair. Roma was disappointing yes, after the Champions League semifinal last year, a lot was expected in Italy at least. To rejuvenate themselves, they renounced the experience necessary (by letting go of Daniele de Rossi and Francisco Totti) to continue their growth.”