Andrea Pirlo described Pep Guardiola as a “model for the whole football movement” and admits he never dreamed he would one day be coaching Cristiano Ronaldo.
Italy great Pirlo has taken his first steps into coaching with Juventus this season and his side have eight points from his four Serie A games in charge.
There are some parallels to be drawn with Guardiola, who cut his managerial teeth at Barcelona – initially with Los Cules’ B team before going on to oversee one of the greatest sides of any generation with a star-studded cast including Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
He consequently went on to coach Bayern Munich before joining Manchester City in 2016 and Pirlo sees Guardiola as an example for any rookie coach.
“Guardiola is an example for all of us, he is one of the best. He gave a way forward for young coaches who wanted to promote a certain type of offensive football,” Pirlo told UEFA.com.
“Each of us has his own ideas and wants to carry them forward, but he is certainly a model for the whole football movement.
“I like his style of play: always attacking and influencing the game in order to always manage situations. This must be our goal for the future.”
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At Juve, Pirlo has Portugal superstar Ronaldo among his ranks – a player considered one of the greatest of all time.
During his career, Ronaldo has lifted the Champions League five times, claimed domestic titles in England, Spain and Italy and is a five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Pirlo spoke of the pride he feels at working with a player of his calibre.
“No, I never would have imagined it, but I am happy to have a great football player available and to see him train and play. For me and for the whole team it is a great pleasure,” he added.
“At 35 he works like a young boy, with the same passion and the desire to commit himself every day. He is an example for everyone.”
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