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Del Piero: Pirlo has what it takes to be better than Zidane

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Alessandro Del Piero believes his old teammate Andrea Pirlo can ‘do even better than Zinedine Zidane’ in his new role as Juventus coach.

It’s all about Andrea Pirlo right now. Fate handed the 41-year-old a swift promotion after his predecessor Maurizio Sarri was relieved of his duties on Saturday.

It was barely a week since the ex-Juve midfielder was appointed as the club’s U-23 manager, the first coaching role he laid his hands on.

The question on everyone’s lips now is how Pirlo will fare in his new found role.

Ex-teammate and now Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso weighed in on his appointment, hinting that this Italian colleague will have it all to do as Juve boss.

In contrast, Del Piero, who also shared the pitch with Pirlo during their playing days at Juventus has much nicer words of encouragement for his ex-teammate.

“To be honest, I wouldn’t have bet on him becoming the coach. It’s a surprise for me too,” laughed Del Piero on Sky Sport Italia.

“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 Italy. 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.”

Reports claim Juventus President Andrea Agnelli believes Pirlo can follow in the footsteps of Zidane at Real Madrid. He can immediately command respect from the Juve stars due to his success as a player as well.

“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,” noted Del Piero.

“He already knows the club, the players, the directors, so I think they communicated in a very clear way.”

Only time will tell if Pirlo will be a success as Juventus manager.