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Conte: I have immense affection for Pirlo

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Juventus appointed Andrea Pirlo to replace Maurizio Sarri and Inter Milan’s Antonio Conte only has affection for his Serie A rival.

Cristiano Ronaldo tried but could not stop Olympique Lyon from progressing at the expense of Juventus. In the end, Maurizio Sarri had to pay with his job for the disappointing result. 

The writing was on the wall for some time but the Champions League exit confirmed it. Sarri has been replaced by former midfield metronome, Andrea Pirlo. 

Pirlo was one of the architects of Juventus’ dominance in Serie A and will have to deliver their tenth successive title. Standing in his way will be Antonio Conte, the man with whom he started it all. 

Conte is now at the helm of Inter Milan. His sole focus is to ensure Juventus’reign of dominance ends in Italian top-flight football. 

In spite of his professional goal, Conte was pleased with Pirlo’s appointment. He praised the 2006 World Cup winner for the time they spent together with Italy and Juventus. Whilst also stating he only has affection for his new enemy number 1.

“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,” Football Italia quoted 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!”

Juventus’ season came to an end but Inter are still involved in Europa League. They take on the challenge of Bayer Leverkusen in the quarter-finals.