Juventus Needs Pirlo to Groom His Replacement

Even before Juventus lost 3-1 in the UEFA Champion’s League final on Saturday to Barcelona, there were rumors Juventus and Italian National Team star Andrea Pirlo was headed for Major League Soccer to join New York City FC. Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri would love for Pirlo to stay and Juventus general  director Giuseppe Marotta hopes that both Pirlo and Carlos Tevez will remain with the team.pirlo

Although he is 36 years old and never appears to move faster than a quick jog on the pitch, Pirlo is still good enough to remain with Juventus in a starting role. He is strong taking free kicks and is a playmaker in the midfield despite playing deep. Pirlo’s vision, ball control, and ability to find teammates with long passes out of the midfield are what help him still remain one of the top central midfielders in the game today. He won’t score many goals, but he organizes the midfield whether he is playing for his club or national team. Pirlo has shown you don’t have to score many goals to be appreciated as he was named Serie A Footballer of the Year 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Juventus needs to prepare for life without Pirlo, but hopefully the loss against Barca is not his last appearance for Juve. It will benefit the team to have Pirlo mentor his successor. German international Sami Khedira had fallen out of favor in Real Madrid and will be looking for a new team. Juventus has shown interest in Khedira along with top English Premier League teams such as Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United. If Khedira does indeed come to Turin, Pirlo would be the perfect mentor to groom Khedira to take over his deep midfield role. Each professional league is different and Pirlo would also be able to tutor Khedira into the intricacies of the Juve style of the as well as Serie A where Pirlo has played his entire 20-year professional career.

Pirlo needs to give his fans at least one more year in Turin before moving to MLS. He is still a difference-maker and beloved by his fans.

And that’s as I see it!

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