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Sport Pirlo's Juventus are reborn: How boss is washing away Sarri's lethargy

11:25  24 september  2020
11:25  24 september  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Juventus have appointed Andrea Pirlo as their new head coach on a two-year deal. The former Italy midfielder took charge as the Under-23 s Sarri was sacked on Saturday after Juve were knocked out of the Champions League on away goals at the last-16 stage following a 2-2 aggregate draw with Lyon.

World Cup winner Andrea Pirlo was named Juventus ' new coach on Saturday, hours after Maurizio Sarri was fired. Pirlo was given a two-year contract, Juventus announced. Sarri was fired after his first season in charge ended with the team' s Champions League exit.

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Andrea Pirlo is rebuilding Juventus by merging Antonio Conte and Louis van Gaal's philosophies together.

His first Juventus side, who beat Claudio Ranieri's Sampdoria 3-0 in the opening weekend of the new Serie A season, were cynical, aggressive and, above all, very attentive in defence.

Pirlo's Juventus side is so flexible that his team cannot be identified in a single tactical system. And, like Conte, he does not want to force rigid rules on his players. The 3-5-2 quickly becomes 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 depending on the movements of the full backs.

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Andrea Pirlo has unleashed the shackles and given Juventus ' players a lot more freedom to attack " We ' re old enough to behave like real professionals. Pirlo is now our coach and we have the utmost Asked if Pirlo reminded him more of Sarri or Massimiliano Allegri – another of his former bosses in

Pirlo , while hardly a one-club man — he came up with Brescia, briefly joined Inter Milan and Reggina and finished up in Major League Soccer — is There were more qualified managers available to Juventus , Mauricio Pochettino chief among them. But they would have insisted on big changes, the

a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Andrea Pirlo won his first game as Juventus head coach with a 3-0 win over Sampdoria © Provided by Daily Mail Andrea Pirlo won his first game as Juventus head coach with a 3-0 win over Sampdoria Cristiano Ronaldo in a baseball game: Goals from Dejan Kulusevski, Leonardo Bonucci and Cristiano Ronaldo (left) gave Juve the win © Provided by Daily Mail Goals from Dejan Kulusevski, Leonardo Bonucci and Cristiano Ronaldo (left) gave Juve the win

Pirlo chewed gum continuously for the 90 minutes of the Sampdoria win, and embraced all his players after the game - hinting at a great environment found with a team that wants to win its tenth consecutive Serie A title.

Juventus managed to close Sampdoria down in the visitors' attacking third - Ranieri's team couldn't muster a single shot at Wojciech Szczesny in the opening 45 minutes of the game.

Furthermore, Pirlo got more answers from the team in 25 days than Maurizio Sarri did in 12 months, confirming a major communication problem between the previous coaching staff and Juve's players.

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Gennaro Gattuso has warned Andrea Pirlo that he won't be getting "much sleep" in his new role as Juventus managerCredit: AFP Despite leading Juve to their 36th Serie A champions title, the former Chelsea boss was given the Andrea Pirlo named Juventus manager after Maurizio Sarri sacked.

ONE-ON-ONE DEFENDING AND A NEW ROLE FOR DANILO

After the match, Leonardo Bonucci praised Andrea Pirlo in the way he set up and managed the three-man defence.

'With Sarri we moved much more as a group in defence, today we played more one-on-one,' said the centre back. 'The pressure allows us to be more aggressive and to recover many more balls.'

Leonardo Bonucci (right) said Pirlo's defensive set-up is different to that of Maurizio Sarri's © Provided by Daily Mail Leonardo Bonucci (right) said Pirlo's defensive set-up is different to that of Maurizio Sarri's

In the absence of injured centre-back duo Matthijs De Ligt and Merih Demiral, Juventus revolutionised their defence by putting former Manchester City full back Danilo in the heart of the back line.

The Brazilian was very skilled in managing the defence but still became a full back in the attacking transitions.

Pirlo chose him because he likes his ability to be a perfect supporting act alongside Bonucci - the true leader of a defence that seems more safe and alert under Pirlo.

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The occasionally uninspiring tactics that earned Sarri criticism at Chelsea last season, and the pivotal played by Eden Hazard as his former side won the Europa League in style, seemed a minor headache compared to the nightmare that the final weeks of his reign at Juve became.

a football player on a field: Ex-Manchester City full back Danilo (left) started in a back three as Pirlo shuffled the pack © Provided by Daily Mail Ex-Manchester City full back Danilo (left) started in a back three as Pirlo shuffled the pack

VERSATILE KULUSEVKSI

Dejan Kulusevski is the only player born after 2000 to have scored at least 11 goals in Serie A.

The Swedish midfielder, bought from Atalanta for £35million earlier this year, scored Juventus' first goal in the 2020-2021 season with an intelligent left-footed curler.

Pirlo designed a hybrid role for the 20-year-old who, despite being Cristiano Ronaldo's partner up front, often played alongside Ramsey in the midfield.

a man holding a sign: Dejan Kulusevski opened the scoring in the first half having been granted a roaming role © Provided by Daily Mail Dejan Kulusevski opened the scoring in the first half having been granted a roaming role

Pirlo praised the Swedish international in the post-match press conference, saying: 'Kulusevski is a very intelligent player who finds the best space to play alone.'

Based on this intelligence and the great freedom granted to him by Pirlo, the Swedish midfielder will be deployed as an important player in many tactical schemes with different roles, notably 3-5-2, 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1.

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 Juve turn off Sampdoria for Pirlo premiere © Provided by Sofoot Juventus 3-0 Sampdoria Goals: Kulusevski (13th), Bonucci (78th), Cristiano Ronaldo (88th) for Juventus Convincing first, for Andrea Pirlo. The new Juventus technician saw his team make a success of its entry this Sunday, on behalf of the first day of Serie A 2020-2021 at the Allianz Stadium against Sampdoria (3-0).

Maurizio Sarri believes Juventus are "physically and mentally tired" after falling to a surprise loss to Udinese on Thursday. Despite having the inside track on the Serie A title, Sarri lamented his side' s fatigue amid a busy run of fixtures, after their sixth game already this month.

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NEW BOY MCKENNIE PLAYS LIKE GATTUSO AND DAVIDS

American midfielder Weston McKennie was the main man of the Juventus midfield, showing great physical and tactical intensity.

McKennie chose the No 14 but he plays like a classic No 8 in the way he runs and fights without ever stopping.

In Pirlo's football philosophy, a 'mezzala' midfielder - a hard-working player - must be physically strong and guarantee support for the team's other midfielders, notably Adrien Rabiot.

a man with a football ball: New midfielder Weston McKennie (left) impressed on debut and ran himself ragged © Provided by Daily Mail New midfielder Weston McKennie (left) impressed on debut and ran himself ragged

The former Schalke man protected his French team-mate and helped Juventus recover many balls, making five tackles in the 90 minutes.

The American midfielder's movement is very reminiscent of the competitive ferocity of Edgar Davids and Gennaro Gattuso.

His presence is considered essential by Pirlo who chose McKennie over the likes of Rodrigo Bentancur and former Barcelona star Arthur on the bench.

LAUNCHING ROOKIE FRABOTTA

Gianluca Frabotta, who made his debut under Sarri in the final match of the 2019-20 season against Roma, was deployed in the left-back role against Sampdoria, with Pirlo praising his display after the game.

'Frabotta trained well and given Alex Sandro's injury I chose him,' said the new Juventus head coach. 'He is a boy who trains very well and played a good match'.

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a football player on a field: Pirlo made the bold call to start rookie Gianluca Frabotta (above) at left back on Sunday © Provided by Daily Mail Pirlo made the bold call to start rookie Gianluca Frabotta (above) at left back on Sunday

Pirlo is not afraid to take risks and on his Serie A debut he decided to entrust a very delicate role to a boy who played amateur Italian football just five years ago, leaving Mattia De Sciglio on the bench until the middle of the second half.

Frabotta showed great maturity in difficult duels with Sampdoria players: he is unlikely to be dropped for the next Serie A match against Roma on the basis of this performance.

RAMSEY REBORN

Aaron Ramsey seems to be rejuvenated under Andrea Pirlo and Juventus' head of performance Paolo Bertelli.

Out of the 90 attempted passes he made against Sampdoria, 85 per cent of them were successful - the former Arsenal man played his best game since joining Juventus.

According to Opta, Ramsey made six clear-cut chances in the opening Serie A match of the season. Only twice had the Wales midfielder had achieved this record with Arsenal - against Leicester in 2014 and Wolves in 2011.

a man playing a game of football: Ex-Arsenal man Aaron Ramsey looks like a completely different player under Andrea Pirlo © Provided by Daily Mail Ex-Arsenal man Aaron Ramsey looks like a completely different player under Andrea Pirlo

Ramsey is now a midfield playmaker and found himself on the wing with Cristiano Ronaldo making different types of runs than he did under Sarri.

Speaking about Ramsey's display, Paolo Di Canio told Sky Sports: 'Ramsey looked like the player he was at Arsenal. When he was fit he was great in one-on-one situations.

'That Juventus team was more sterile, today I saw some ideas. We have to wait for more difficult challenges against different teams. Ramsey will be decisive for Pirlo's tactics.'

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