Wednesday September 26 2012
‘Pirlo should quit Italy and JoJo...’

Zvonimir Boban wasn’t short of an opinion before and after the Fiorentina-Juventus tie. “Andrea Pirlo should retire from the national team and Stevan Jovetic is not world class.”

The former Milan creator, now a TV pundit for Sky Italia, feels that the Italian international may need periods of rest this term.

“Pirlo should think about leaving some duties behind,” Boban said after the 0-0 draw in which Pirlo was substituted by Paul Pogba. “I’m thinking about the national team.

“He hasn’t stopped and he’s lacking some brilliance right now because he has so many commitments…”

The playmaker moved to the Old Lady in the summer of 2011 and inspired them to the Scudetto last season. He then helped Italy reach the Final of Euro 2012.

Pirlo, who now also has the Champions League to take into account this term, was rested for the 2-0 win over Chievo on Saturday.

Before last night’s Tuscan encounter, the ex-Croatia player was also asked for an opinion on Jovetic – the Fiorentina sensation who Juve targeted in the summer.

“He’s an excellent player and he certainly would have done well had he joined Juventus,” Boban noted. “However, I don’t think he is good enough to be defined as world class.”

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