It can sometimes go that fast when you are in the right place at the right time. Andrea Pirlo was considered the chosen player in Italy. The 2006 soccer world champion was introduced to Juventus Turin as coach of the U23 team just a few weeks ago. After Olympique Lyon eliminated the Italian champions from the UEFA Champions League, the coach Mauricio Sarri had to leave. Now the time came for club legend Andrea Pirlo. They promoted him without further ado. The ingenious director on the field takes over one of the best football teams in Europe as a coach with the series champion. It is also his first coaching job for a professional team. The announcement of the surprise appointment of Pirlo came just hours after the defeat in the UEFA Champions League.
Pirlo made 116 appearances for the Italian national soccer team and became a living legend. From 2011 to 2015 he was under contract with Juventus Turin and won the championship title in Italy four times. His contract as coach of the professional team initially runs until June 30, 2022. The dismissal of his predecessor came as no surprise. Although he was able to become champions again with Juventus Turin as planned, he missed the great goal of winning the UEFA Champions League. Mauricio Sarri, therefore, had to vacate his chair after only one season in Turin.
Guardiola, Zidane, Pirlo?
Therefore, Pirlo is following the successful predecessors and tried to get this place much earlier than planned. He is following the path that Zinédine Zidane had already set at Real Madrid. The Frenchman also moved up to the executive chair with little experience and quickly developed into one of the most successful coaches in international football. Pirlo is taking a significant risk with this surprising move. Because the association has high expectations for him. The sports director has already announced that it is his destiny to become a great coach. That means that there is a lot of pressure on Andrea Pirlo’s shoulders even before the start.
He used to direct his teams to success, which is what he should now do from the coaching bench. After all, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala, his team is hungry for success. When Juventus Turin introduced him as the coach of the U23 squad, Pirlo set himself the bar high and showed himself to be a prophet. He wants to start the same journey as Pep Guardiola at FC Barcelona and Zinédine Zidane at Real Madrid. These role models were successful as players and once again surpassed each other as coaches. Who could have guessed at this point that the opportunity would come sooner than expected?
But not every successful player can have a successful coaching career. The best example was recently Thierry Henry at AS Monaco, who failed spectacularly. Pirlo, on the other hand, has a good chance of success. He was a great strategist and a recognized authority throughout his life as a player. After the world title with Italy, two achievements in the UEFA Champions League, and six championship titles, his class, and his experience are beyond question. Whether that is enough to follow his great role models remains to be seen.