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Saturday April 1 2017
Pirlo wants to play Napoli-Juve

Andrea Pirlo confessed Sunday night’s Napoli-Juventus is “the kind of match you really want to play in.”

It kicks off at the Stadio San Paolo tomorrow at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for a match preview.

“This is going to be a fascinating and delicately-poised game for sure,” the New York City FC midfielder told Sky Sport Italia.

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Sunday March 26 2017
Pirlo: 'Quality generation for Italy'

Andrea Pirlo is impressed with the “quality generation” of Italy players coming through, including Marco Verratti, but “Gigi Buffon is still the best.”

The New York City FC midfielder sat down for a lengthy interview with the Corriere dello Sport. You can read the rest here and here.

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Sunday March 26 2017
Pirlo: 'Allegri problems at Milan'

Andrea Pirlo described his decision to leave Milan after 10 years, finding a new challenge at Juventus and “problems with Max Allegri.”

You can read more on the New York City FC star’s interview with the Corriere dello Sport here.

The midfielder moved on as a free agent in 2011, going on to win another four Serie A titles, but it was a difference of opinion with Allegri at San Siro that prompted him to change.

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Sunday March 26 2017
Pirlo: 'Juve can win Champions League'

Andrea Pirlo believes Juventus can win the Champions League this season, but admits he still feels the “painful” loss against Barcelona.

The New York City FC midfielder sat down for a lengthy interview with the Corriere dello Sport, touching on a number of subjects.

“Juve can win the Champions League. They are up to the level of the others, if not above that. They are more tactically compact and can certainly go all the way.”

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Monday March 20 2017
Pirlo: ‘Juventus can beat Barcelona’

Andrea Pirlo believes Juventus can beat Barcelona, as the sides are different to the Champions League final of 2015.

That match proved to be the midfielder’s final appearance in a Bianconeri shirt, as Barça took a 3-1 win in Berlin.

“It will be a different tie compared to two years ago,” Pirlo predicted, speaking to Sport.

“Juventus have changed and this is a different Barcelona. In addition, they’re not playing a final this time, but two games over 180 minutes in which I think we’ll see some good football.

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Tuesday March 14 2017
Pirlo: ‘Juventus will keep winning’

Andrea Pirlo believes “Juventus will continue to win for many years” and has sympathy for Paris Saint-Germain.

The midfielder left the Bianconeri in 2015, moving to MLS side New York City FC, and was asked by Gazzetta dello Sport’s Extra Time if he regretted the decision.

“I really miss games like Juventus-Milan,” Pirlo, who played for both clubs, said.

“Also Champions League games, they’re beautiful to play at any age. But I made a choice in July 2015 and I’ve never regretted it.

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Monday March 13 2017
Pirlo: De Sciglio handled, but…

Andrea Pirlo claims Mattia De Sciglio did handball during Juventus-Milan last week but admits that sometimes “penalties like these aren’t given”.

Davide Massa’s decision to award Juve a last-ditch penalty and subsequent winner against Milan proved hugely divisive, but Pirlo maintained De Sciglio’s hand “was there”.

“Penalties like these are given and aren’t given, but [the referee] gave it and the hand was there,” the two sides’ former midfielder told Tuttosport.

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Tuesday March 7 2017
Pirlo: ‘Verratti is Italy’s future’

Andrea Pirlo agrees that Marco Verratti is “the future of Italian and European football”.

The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder is one of the best midfielders in Europe, and is seen as the heir to Pirlo.

“Verratti is a very good player,” the 37-year-old said in an interview with L’Équipe.

“He is and will be the future of Italian and European football for the next 20 years.

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Tuesday March 7 2017
Pirlo: ‘I’ll stop soon’

Andrea Pirlo confirms “I’ll stop soon” as it’s better to retire “when you decide, not when others tell you to”.

The former Juventus, Inter and Milan midfielder is now 37, and has just one year left on his contract with MLS side New York City FC.

“I haven’t really decided yet what I’ll do after my career,” Pirlo admitted, speaking to L’Équipe.

“I need to think about what’s best for me, whether that’s to be a Coach or a director or something else.

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Sunday February 19 2017
Pirlo to be Juventus ambassador

Andrea Pirlo will return to Turin as Juventus brand ambassador after he hangs up his boots at New York City FC, it’s reported.

Sunday’s edition of Tuttosport has the Bianconeri comeback as its front page story.

It is suggested Pirlo never truly cut his ties with Juve and is already making plans for a reunion.

It’s not yet clear when this will be, but the moment Pirlo decides to end his playing career in Major League Soccer, he’ll be heading to Turin.

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