Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti is confident that former pupil Andrea Pirlo will soon be back to his inspirational best.
The Juventus player has struggled so far this season and there are suggestions that he could even be rested again – after the Chievo tie – for the weekend encounter against Roma.
“Players can go through moments of difficulty,” Ancelotti, who bossed Pirlo at Milan, told Tuttosport on Thursday. “It’s not the first time that it has happened.
“Juventus can remain calm because you’ll soon see that he will return to his old self.”
After another subdued performance in the 0-0 draw at Fiorentina on Tuesday, Pirlo was advised to quit international football by Zvonimir Boban.
“I don’t think that will happen at all,” Ancelotti added. “Andrea is very attached to the Azzurri shirt and I doubt anything has changed in that regard.”
Juventus were linked with the ‘new Pirlo’ in the summer, but 19-year-old Marco Verratti instead left Pescara for Paris SG.
“They are similar in terms of personality,” Ancelotti added. “There are differences on a technical level though, even if they both have great vision.
“Verratti has surprised almost everyone in France so far, also because he is so young.”