Friday November 13 2015
‘Pirlo could win Inter Scudetto’

Former Inter Coach Mircea Lucescu believes Andrea Pirlo could help the Nerazzurri to the Scudetto.

The Beneamata have been linked with the New York City FC midfielder, though the player his former club Juventus have denied a move will take place.

“Could Pirlo make Inter Scudetto contenders?” Lucescu considered in an interview with FCInterNews.

“No doubt, having a player like him is a beautiful thing for any Coach. I was fortunate to coach him at Inter, and my memory of the player is very positive.

“At that time he wasn’t yet a real regista [deep-lying playmaker] he was very young and wanted to be used in many different roles.

“Then, in time, he became a world-class regista, but his growth also came from some defensive mistakes and some criticism. I recall some slack passes in front of the penalty box.

“In any case, it’s unthinkable that anyone wouldn’t want him, everyone needs someone like him.

“The most important thing is the defence, in a football team that’s the starting point, the foundation. When there are great defensive assets the whole team grows, including the attack.

“In this sense, Pirlo would be the perfect link between the two areas. The defence would be covered, and the attack would have many more playable passes.

“That’s the reason Mancini wants him, and to aim for the Scudetto. Andrea is a player who can single-handedly change a whole team and the pace of a match.

“I think the team absolutely needs a player with these characteristics, with a lot of experience and absolute tactical discipline.

“Inter should get Pirlo, he would change the Nerazzurri midfield as he did with [Antonio] Conte’s Juventus.

“I think the player is physically well enough, and I also think he’s struggling a bit in Major League Soccer.”

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