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Midfielder Andrea Pirlo helped Juventus get out of trouble once again after managing a late goal against Torino in the Turin derby.
Juventus were in danger of dropping points after three consecutive victories in the league. It would have allowed second place in the Roma to just one point. Vidal gave the home team a 15th minute lead through a penalty, but Torino were level on terms after just seven minutes through a brilliant goal from Bruno Peres. He managed to run almost the entire length of the pitch to score the equaliser.
After Lichtsteiner was sent off for a second yellow card in the 78th minute, it looked like Juventus were about to drop points at home after a long time. Juventus have managed to win 25 matches at home without losing a single point. This has been the foundation for the three consecutive league titles. The club are on course to getting a fourth title desperate having undergone a managerial change just a few days before the start of the campaign. Former AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has kept the Juventus team highly motivated and they have lost only one match so far this campaign.
Vidal later praised Pirlo by saying that only he could have scored such a brilliant goal.”He’s an incredible player and only he could have scored that goal. It was a difficult game, as it always is when we play against them. Torino were fairly defensive-minded and put 10 bodies behind the ball, so it wasn’t easy to move the ball around quickly.We needed to wait for the right moment to break forward,” said Vidal. Despite his 35 years of age, Pirlo still continues to be an integral part in the Italian Serie A. Juventus are up against Fiorentina in their next match.
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As the new head coach of Juventus, Massimiliano Allegri has a tough mountain to climb as the Italian tactician was selected as the man to replace Antonio Conte who resigned from his position of Juventus after being appointed as the coach of the Italian national team.
During his time in charge of Juventus, Antonio Conte led the club to 3 consecutive Serie A league titles. But after being designated as the next manager of Italy, Conte decided to step down from his role in the club and now Massimiliano Allegri is the man in charge to continue on with the success but things have turned slightly more difficult for Allegri as his star player, Andrea Pirlo is out injured for 1 month.
Andrea Pirlo picked up an injury on his right hip during a pre-season match and according to the medical staff of Juventus, the Italian midfielder will take at least 30 days to fully recover which means that Allegri will have to rotate and adjust the squad during the initial stages of the season without one of his star players.
The veteran midfielder will also be missing out from Italy’s friendly match against Netherlands on September 4 as well as a Champions League match of his club.
Juventus are still expected to be able to deal fairly well with the absence of Pirlo but it’s a substantially big blow for the club and for Massimilano Allegri as the former Ac.Milan manager can’t afford to start the Italian League with the wrong foot and needs to prove why he was the man selected to defend the Serie A title.
At his 35 years of age, a simple injury like this one could be trouble for a player of his elevated age and the Italian midfielder should not be rushed to make a return to the pitch.
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Even before the start of the 2014 World Cup, Andrea Pirlo had already revealed to the media about his desire of retiring from playing international football with Italy as the player of Juventus stated that this would be the last tournament he plays for his nation.
Italy played terrible during the World Cup and was eliminated from the worldwide tournament without even being able on getting past the group stages and ultimately led to Cesare Prandelli resigning from his position as the manager of the Italian squad even though the contract that he had already signed some months ago stated that he would continue with the squad until the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament.
The managerial position of the Italian national squad is available with Roberto Mancini being one of the favorites on taking up the position as the successor of the recently departed Cesare Prandelli and Andrea Pirlo has kept the doors opened for a possible return and play with Italy once more.
“If the new national coach thinks he needs me, I will happily remain available. “If I am needed, then there’s no problem in coming back,” Pirlo said during the team’s return to Italy.
Even at his 35 years of age, Andrea Pirlo still plays a pivotal role not only for Italy but also for Juventus as the Italian midfielder recently signed a contract extension with his club that will see him remaining at the Juventus Arena at least until 2016.
The Italian squad has been a subject of heavy criticism after fairly to advance through the group stages of the World Cup in 2 consecutive instances as they also made a number of underwhelming performances during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa which led to them being knocked out in the group stages.