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Pirlo on Serie A and Juve’s Champions League chances

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Andrea Pirlo recently gave his verdict on the Serie A and the chances of his former side Juventus, in the Champions League campaign.

Pirlo who retired from football back in 2017 played for Juve, AC Milan and Inter in his career before jetting out to the MLS.

In a recent interview cited on Football Italia, the Italian legend spoke about Icardi saga at Inter, Milan’s progress under Gennaro Gattuso and whether Juve could finally win the Champions League.

“Those who don’t play lose value: if Icardi had still been frozen out, who would’ve wanted him? Inter have another striker: how will Icardi come back after being out for so long?

Pirlo equally spoke about the managerial skills of former Milan colleague Gattuso.

“I expected defensive organisation from Gattuso, knowing how to be fiercely focused on his team.

“I didn’t expect this desire to be translated into play and be nice to watch, but Rino studied. He went beyond the gritty label he had as a player: Coaches aren’t always like when they were players.

When asked about Juve’s chances of finally winning the Champions League, Pirlo hinted that the comeback against Atletico could be a springboard for success this season.

TURIN, ITALY – MARCH 12: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus scores a penalty (3-0) during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Juventus and Club de Atletico Madrid at Allianz Stadium on March 12, 2019, in Turin, (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

“Juve weren’t Juve in Madrid, they just needed to believe in themselves. There’s almost always a match that acts as a turning point.

“In the year you win a Champions League, there are incidents that make you understand that it’ll be your year.

“In Juve’s case, that perfect match, having eliminated the team hosting the Final, and Real’s exit…”