Since Andrea Pirlo first pulled on the black and white stripes in 2011, Juventus have never stopped winning, and the midfielder has today revealed that that’s just the way he likes it.
In an interview with Sky Italia ahead of Sunday’s clash with Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo, the 34-year-old spoke of the burning desire for victory with Juventus he has had ever since he joined the club, a hunger now focused on lifting trophies both domestically and in Europe.
Pirlo began: “I always play to win, always with the big objectives in mind. This year it’s the Italian championship and the Europa League.
“The formation and the style of play might have changed in these three years, but the desire has always been a constant. Now we’re more familiar with our strong points.”
A crucial added strong-point this season has been Carlos Tevez, and Pirlo went on to offer his own praise for the contribution the Argentine has made since his arrival from Manchester City in the summer.
“He’s a truly great player with extraordinary capabilities. Everyone knew it already because he had won a lot in England, but as soon as he got here he showed his value.”
Thoughts then turned to the Bianconeri’s next challenge: Sunday’s trip to take on Napoli. Despite the 3-0 win Conte’s men pulled off in the home fixture, the experienced midfielder remained wary of the threat the Partenopei could pose.
“We’ve played a great season so far, but we haven’t won anything yet. Napoli are a strong side, and out there on the field the points difference will count for nothing on Sunday.
“They wanted to win the Turin fixture, but we tackled the challenge in the best possible way knowing that it was a clash with one of our close rivals.”
Pirlo of course was the man who netted the second goal, floating a swerving free-kick past a Pepe Reina hurtling towards the corner but unable to get a hand on the perfectly placed shot.
“It was slightly off-centre. I looked to get it over the wall and it went well.”
As a result of the lessons he has given out on the field just like that one, Pirlo has picked up the nickname of “The Professor”, and he concluded by showing his appreciation.
“At Milan that’s what they used to call Seedorf, but here in Turin people use the name for me. I like it a lot!”