Andrea Pirlo to discard ‘Sarriball’ in favour of new playing style at Juventus

Juventus appointed Andrea Pirlo as manager on two-year contract1

The new Juve manager claims that the new playing style will be key to win the Champions League.

Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo says he will implement a new playing style around high-press while ditching Sarriball, the term renowned for the previous manager Maurizio Sarri.

Pirlo took everyone by surprise when he became the manager of the Bianconeri last month. 

The former Milan and Juventus star said his boys are working hard at the training to buy into his playing style – which is winning the ball high up the pitch.

Pirlo said, ‘The lads are eager to do well, they have found a new methodology with some new exercises they have never done and therefore this already brings enthusiasm.’

‘The aggression and the desire to win the ball back after losing it, that’s something we are working on a lot.’

Pirlo also pointed out that Juve should replicate the likes of Bayern Munich and PSG, who were aggressive with their high-press in the Champions League last season.

The 41-year-old added: ‘Looking at the last Champions League, the teams that went all the way were the ones who were trying to recover the ball in the shortest possible time. That must be a characteristic that distinguishes us.’ 

Pirlo also said that the team is already looking in high spirits and could end up winning the Scudetto next season and possibly the Champions League too.

The former Italian midfielder is said to have already sorted out the names that could be axed ahead of next season.

With no prior experience, it will be interesting to see how Pirlo leads his side next season.