Andrea Pirlo has ruled out a job with the Juventus Under-23 team – or indeed any youth coaching role, but reveals who inspired him. “I’d prefer to start with grown-ups.”
The now-retired midfielder got his coaching badges and had been heavily linked with the Juventus U23 bench, as it’s a young team that plays its football in Serie C.
“I am more inclined towards the senior squads to youth ones,” Pirlo told Il Nuovo Calcio Instagram account.
“I think that I need a precise objective to aim for. I want to feel the adrenaline of the game, the victory or defeat, that responsibility. I don’t believe the youth teams are right for me, that’s not something I’d enjoy. I would prefer to start with grown-ups.”
He turns 41 next month and has worked with some of Italy’s greatest tacticians.
“Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri both taught me so much. I don’t think the hands-off coach really exists nowadays, as even when Allegri seemed from the outside as if he wasn’t giving that many tactical indications, he worked very hard.
“The first time I considered becoming a coach was after a tactical lesson from Conte, as he’d do ones for at least 40 minutes each. That was when I thought to myself, I want to do this too.”
Pirlo also won the World Cup with Marcello Lippi’s Italy in 2006.
“He was fundamental for that victory at the World Cup, because right from the first call-ups two years earlier, he had a team in mind and motivated us, saying we’d go far. He told you things to your face.”