Saturday June 7 2014
'Stadium worth 10 points a season'

Andrea Pirlo believes that Juventus’ new stadium is worth ’10 points a season’ and credits Carlo Ancelotti for ‘raising’ his game.

The Bianconeri won their third straight Scudetto last season becoming the first Italian side ever to break the 100-point barrier.

And the midfielder has credited the newly-built ground for taking the Old Lady to the next level.

“[The new stadium is] worth 10 points a season,” he told John Foot in the Financial Times.

“It doesn’t have barriers and the crowd is close to the pitch, but nothing bad happens. And nothing bad ever happens in England either.

“Everything has changed [here]. It’s more of a family atmosphere. It’s a day of sport. The whole climate is different there.”

The regista then went on to praise Ancelotti, who was Pirlo’s boss at Milan, and former teammate Pippo Inzaghi.

“Ancelotti moved me to a new position and helped me raise my game.

“[Pippo] knew when I would make a pass and I knew how he would move. We could understand each other’s positions without looking at each other.”

The 35-year-old concluded by moving on to penalties, and revealed how he decides where to put the spot kick.

“I decide then and there. Not before - I am not worried about particular goalkeepers.

“I don’t take them into consideration, beyond their position. I decide on the basis of what is happening around me, the ‘context’, and this leads me to make different decisions.”

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