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12-Aug-2020, 02:40 am

'Pirlo has a bit of Guardiola in him' - New Juventus boss backed for success by his first sporting director

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Former Brescia director Gianluca Nanihas backed Andrea Pirlo for success, saying the new Juventushead coach reminds him of Pep Guardiola.

The 41-year-old's appointment was seen as a surprise as he was only named the head coach of Juve's U23 side at the end of July, but nowPirlo will make the step up to managethe Serie A champions without having any games as a head coach under his belt.

Nani, however, believes that despite his inexperience, Pirlo has what it takes to succeed as Juventus boss.

"He has a strong character," Nanitold the Daily Mail of Pirlo. "He doesn't talk too much so people think that he is silent but it is not true he doesn't talk.

"With team-mates he is always on the meter, he's always the leader, lots of charisma and he has a strong winning mentality.He is really positive and has such a strong mentality. For me, he will be a top coach, I really believe that."

Pirlo came up through the youth ranks at Brescia - where Nani was sporting director at the time -before making his first-team debut in 1995 at age 16. Three years later, the talented central midfielder was sold to Inter.

Like Pirlo, Guardiola also hada spell at Brescia, spending a brief period with the Serie A club in the 2002-03 campaign, andhaving had the chance to get to know both men, Nanibelieves that Pirlo will attempt to emulate the Man City boss in the way he will want his teams to play.

"He has a little bit of Guardiolain him," Nani said of Pirlo. "I don't see Pirlo playing with long balls! I see him playing attractive, offensive football, that is how I see Pirlo.

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