Tuesday August 30 2011
Pirlo: 'Italy like Ancelotti's Milan'

Andrea Pirlo believes Italy's style is closer to Carlo Ancelotti's Milan than Barcelona. “We can entertain fans with quality.”

Cesare Prandelli had said he was trying to adopt Barcelona's approach with a 4-3-1-2 system and rapid passing, which proved effective when beating world and European champions Spain 2-1 in a recent friendly.

“We are a good side who try to play the ball at all times. Our quality, especially in midfield, allows us to entertain the fans with a fast-paced and attacking style,” said Pirlo.

“Barcelona are the ultimate right now, as they are unbeatable and wonderful to watch. In my view, though, our characteristics are closer to Ancelotti's Milan than the Spaniards.

“I feel in good shape now too and am happy to be a part of this new project.”

Italy continue their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign against the Faroe Islands on Friday, then welcome Slovenia.

Pirlo has now left Milan to start again at Juventus, but is reunited with old Rossoneri teammate Antonio Cassano in the Italy squad.

“Antonio is so eager to play football and have fun, so I can see he's in a good place. His behaviour has improved and paternity gave him a more relaxed approach. He's getting better all the time.

“As for Juventus, our objectives are to win something and qualify for the Champions League,” continued Pirlo.

“Milan and Inter still have something more than the rest of the pack, but we'll try to make up for that gap on the field.

“I was no longer motivated at Milan, as for months I felt the urge to try a new experience. Juventus are taking a step in the right direction to improve Serie A, starting from their wonderful new club-owned stadium.”

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