Tuesday July 12 2011
Pirlo: 'Juve like Milan, Inter and Barca'

Andrea Pirlo is aiming high with the new Juventus. “We're on a par with the Milan clubs and it's right to compare us with Barcelona.”

The veteran midfielder began pre-season training this week and is not hiding his ambition for Antonio Conte's squad.

“The way I see it, we start on a par with the Milan clubs,” declared Pirlo. “A team like Juventus cannot set itself any limits. We have to aim for the top result every time.

“In terms of enthusiasm and hunger, Conte reminds me of Marcello Lippi. Considering the tactical system we'll be adopting, it's also right to compare us to Barcelona.

“We've been trying these tactics since the first day of training, although it'll take a while to memorise them. We want to be like Pep Guardiola's side, winning back the ball immediately and pushing forward.”

Pirlo also considered possible new arrivals, such as former Barcelona target Giuseppe Rossi from Villarreal.

“He is a great champion I was fortunate enough to play with for Italy. I have also been impressed by Milos Krasic, who is very fast.”

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