Andrea Pirlo will replace Maurizio Sarri at Juventus and he has given hints on how he views the Old Lady to function for efficiency.
It was Juventus’ toothless performance against Olympique Lyon that cost Maurizio Sarri his job.
The former Chelsea and Napoli manager had managed to get the most out of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain, and Paulo Dybala. However, the Turin giants still lack creativity and scraped through the genius of their players.
Andrea Pirlo is inheriting these issues as he takes over Juventus. While Alessandro Del Piero, Gennaro Gattuso, and Antonio Conte have welcomed his appointment.
He has a gargantuan task on his hands and no real experience to show for. Only a week ago he was appointed Juve’s U23s coach.
Needless to say, the Agnelli family must have mulled over the decision before making the appointment. While Pirlo knows what he is up against and has given it a thought.
Bossing on the ball
Juventus have to be pretty with the ball. The Old Lady have to boss the ball and be aggressive on it.
They were anything but that under Sarri. Arthur Melo will strength in midfield and the 2002 World Cup winner can use him.
Prilo wants the midfield to keep possession but with attacking intent. He does not want to consolidate possession for the sake of it. He wants his teams to go forward and attack their rivals.
“It depends on the players, but I do like 4-3-3 with everyone bombing forward. A lot of possession, I want to keep passing the ball around, even behind the bench if necessary!,” Football Italia quoted Pirlo during a live stream conversation with Fabio Cannavaro.
“I like 4-3-3, but of course if you realize that the players can’t really work that way, you adapt and use them in a different system. If you get too fixated on a system and your players can’t do it, then you’re wasting time and not getting the best out of them.”
Keeping Ronaldo happy is his biggest task. The midfield metronome believes the Portuguese lack the right service from midfield. This is a task he will look to rectify after his appointment.
An effective Ronaldo solves the bulk of Pirlo’s attacking issues. But this is not the only problem.
With both Max Allegri and Maurizio Sarri staying only a year at the Allianz Stadium since Ronaldo’s arrival, one can only wish Pirlo good luck.