Friday February 24 2012
Juve director has a dream

Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta is hoping for Andrea Pirlo to make the difference in Saturday’s Scudetto clash with Milan.

The playmaker spent 10 years with the Diavolo before he joined the Old Lady in the summer on a Bosman once his contract expired.

“I dream of winning at Milan with two goals from Pirlo,” the official told the Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday.

While the Rossoneri opted against offering the 32-year-old a new deal, Juve didn’t hesitate in building their side around him.

“We contacted Pirlo as soon as the rules allowed us to,” Marotta added. “Aside from his technical qualities, Andrea is also fundamental in the changing room given his charisma and experience.

“The only doubt about him was regarding his fitness, but, apart from his last season at Milan, he’d always played more than 30 League games a season.”

While Pirlo will face his former teammates, the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be unable to come up against his ex-side.

“We’re indifferent to Ibrahimovic’s absence,” the former Sampdoria director continued. “Unfortunately Milan remain very strong with or without him.

“The tie remains very difficult. It’ll be fascinating, but tough…”