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Mancini: Pirlo is lucky to start coaching from the top

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Andrea Pirlo is quite lucky to be starting his coaching career at a club like Juventus, says Roberto Mancini.

The football world was thrown into shock when Juventus replaced Maurizio Sarri with Andrea Pirlo.

By all standards, the 41-year-old is practically a ‘rookie’ manager. In fact, he is yet to fully complete his coaching badges as it stands. Regardless, Juventus were happy to put their trust in him.

Despite the luxury of managing some of the world’s best players, many think Pirlo is quite ‘unlucky’ to take that role.

The Juve manager role is about one of the most demanding in world football and immediate success must be seen on the pitch. Not just with trophies but with an attractive style of play to do with.

For an inexperienced manager, many tip Pirlo to face struggles early on in his coaching career.

But Robert Mancini is seeing it from another perspective. With Juve boasting a number of superstars already, the ex-City boss thinks anyone would be lucky to start his coaching career under the current circumstances.

“I did not expect Juventus to go out in the Champions League,” Mancini said in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I was sure they would have advanced. But it was a terrible, unpredictable and difficult year. Especially for those who have made changes, like Juve.”

“Sarri wasn’t able to bring through his football.”

“[Pirlo] is lucky. He starts from the top and with the best team. Maybe I didn’t start from the bottom, but I started at Fiorentina, not with Juve”

“Jokes aside, because if I was searching, I would have been looking at Andrea. He has great knowledge of football. Like [Daniele] De Rossi. I would have liked to work with him.”

“There’s always a first time. Andrea opens up a new path. Let’s follow him. Good luck to him.”

We can only speculate but can we really expect from Pirlo as Juventus boss?