Wednesday November 4 2020
De Sciglio: 'I could have played in Pirlo's Juve'

Juventus loanee Mattia De Sciglio believes he could have been useful at the Allianz Stadium this season. ‘I’m convinced I could have carved out a space’.

The 28-year-old was loaned out to Olympique Lyonnais during the summer, after having appeared once in Serie A 2020-21 for the Old Lady.

He has yet to start in Ligue 1 for Lyon but has appeared twice in the League after his move to the Groupama Stadium.

But the versatile defender believes he could have been useful for Andrea Pirlo’s 3-5-2 system at the Bianconeri.

“I’m convinced that I could have carved out a space,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Since I can play left and right in the five, like at Euro 2016, or as a third centre-back like with Allegri.”

De Sciglio says Juventus will need some time to get going and points out the lack of a pre-season.

“There have been many changes and they are running-in, even if certain mechanisms should already be in place,” the defender added.

“It’s in the difficult matches, like against Barcelona, you will see it more. There was no pre-season and even if you train well, you will still pay for it.”

The former Milan full-back said Pirlo has similar ideas to Italy CT Roberto Mancini.

“He has the same attacking principles of Mancini, starting with the formation,” De Sciglio said. “The difference is that the national team only attack with one full-back, whilst under Pirlo both can alternate in the same match.

“This is an advantage for those who go to play for the national team."