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Andrea Pirlo - Like a fine wine

Started on 11 November 2017 by JB_2226
Latest Reply on 19 November 2017 by mgriffin2012
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Andrea Pirlo takes charge at AC Milan

The A.C. Milan board have today confirmed the appointment of 38 year old former player Andrea Pirlo as the new boss at the San Siro

Pirlo enjoyed a wonderful playing career at A.C. Milan from 2001 - 2011 where he made 284 appearances and scored 32 goals before moving onto Juventus

This is Pirlo's first venture into management and enjoys a growing reputation within football and it is hoped that his appointment will take A.C Milan back to the former glory days and onto bigger and better things

More to follow...
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AC Milan boss 'Feels a Lot of pressure' towards colossal summer spending spree

AC Milan's summer spending spree has seen £160m spent on a squad revamp to bring the club back up to the heights of where it belongs. 10 new players have entered Milan's ranks to clearly indicate the club's intentions this season.

Transfer rumours continue to circulate over more additions to the Italian side, with the likes of Torino striker Andrea Belotti, Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches, and Borussia Dortmund's Pierre Emerick Aubameyang potentially wearing Red and Black for the 2017/18 season.

The amount of money spent on players by outgoing manager Vincenzo Montella has led Milan boss Andrea Pirlo to speak to Corriere dello Sport expressing that he feels “a lot of pressure, but also very motivated” with the club's overhaul.

“A squad has been built to reach certain objectives. Naturally, it’ll take some time to adapt with 10 new players, even more so for those who come in from abroad.

“We have players who are ready to go and can give a great deal, who are top players for our level and for Italian football."

Spending £160m puts immense pressure on the club and Pirlo, but he insists they are not targeting the Scudetto straight away. AC Milan didn't secure Champions League football last season, missing out on the top four places in Calcio A, and this is what Pirlo admits he wants to strive for this season.

“If we were to miss out on that target, it would certainly be a very damaging blow both economically and in terms of image. However, there is a great deal of competition in Italy and there are teams who, even if they haven’t had our summer transfer strategy, are still slightly ahead of us in terms of planning.

“I expect to go all the way in Europe, not to underestimate the competition and to help prepare for the future by getting the players accustomed to midweek games. It’s preparation for the Champions League, which is our real objective.”
Good start mate! Hopefully the Italian messiah that is Andrea Pirlo can roll back the glory years and restore success to Milan.

Done deal: AC Milan snap up Jonny

AC Milan have signed 23 year old former Spain Under 21 international Jonny from Vigo for £15,000,000 to play at right back for the coming season.

Jonny made 149 league apperances for Vigo during the 7 years he spent at Balaidos

Andrea Pirlo has sent Jonny on an intensive language course to try and help him him learn Italian faster

Pirlo added "I see Jonny being a great addition to the squad and he will be playing at right back for the coming season, I'm hoping he will put in consistent performances and take us to that next level"
Pirlo should, SHOULD be a great manager and in signing Jonny it looks like things really are moving in the right direction

Pre-season, August & September 2017

Pirlo's thoughts "We have had a solid start to the new season managing to qualify for the main draw in the Europa League and starting with 2 comfortable wins in that competition. I hope to continue with the form we are also showing in the league as we head into October"

Serie A League table

Pirlo's top performer

"My standout performer so far has to be Nikola Kalinic as he certainly has showed he knows where the back of the net is and considering he is currently on loan and wont be joining us permanently until next summer he banged in back to back hat tricks against Genoa and Fiorentina respectively and has contributed hugely to the team effort so far. I only hope he can continue this rich vein of form he is in and push us onwards and upwards to challenge"

4 wins from 6 games is a good start, you should be contending for CL football anyways but it looks like you will this year!

October 2017

Pirlo's thoughts "Its been another solid month from the lads with 4 victories from 6 games however I was disappointed with the loss against Benevento. Once again Kalinic has been on great form in front of goal but it was the performance from Hakan Calhanoglu hat really impressed me this month. He has been an assist machine sitting just behind the striker and is showing he is deadly from a free kick. I really hope to see us keep this form going and push for those champions league spots.

Serie A League table

Pirlo's top performer - Hakan Calhanoglu

Hopefully that Benevento defeat doesnt come back to bite you somewhere down the line
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AC Milan enjoying life with Pirlo

It might still be only early days in Andrea Pirlo's AC Milan career but things are looking rosy for the current manager

With Pirlo having masterminded his Rossoneri side to fourteen victories over the past twenty games, it wont take long before the fans and pundits alike being to jump on the AC Milan bandwagon

AC Milans strong form over the first few weeks has given them a solid platform from which to go about achieving their targets for the season

November 2017

Pirlo's thoughts "We have had a solid month considering we have faced both Inter and Roma and gained credtiable draws against both teams. We were unlucky against Rangers in the Europa league game, a game which we should have not lost. To be joint top at this stage is more than I could have asked for so I am really pleased with the players and the effort they are showing towards the end goal"

Serie A League table

Pirlo's top performer - Manuel Locatelli

A tough defeat to Rangers mate, but still going strong in Serie A

December 2017

Pirlo's thoughts "We have produced another consistent month in December in terms of results and only conceding one goal throughout the month has really impressed me. I must say Frank Kessie has been a big player so far this season with his domination in the midfield and has also contributed with a few goals this month aswell. I'm hoping we can continue this good form into the new year and really solidify our top four position.

Serie A League table

Pirlo's top performer - Frank Kessie

A strong month there beside the result against SPAL, although they are a tricky side to play so I've heard. With Juventus struggling, the league is open for anyone really.
Should probably be putting sides like SPAL away if you really are going to push for the Serie A title

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