Life after Andrea Pirlo

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AC MILAN have to move on despite parting ways with the great legend.

When the news spread at close of the 2010-11 campaign that Andrea Pirlo was not going to be at Milan for another season, fans were shocked. Rossoneri fans understand what an instrumental player Pirlo has been for Milan over his 10 year stay at the club. He has given Milan its identity in terms of playing style, everything used to go through him he was an undeniable starter for the team.

But somewhere in the middle of the 2010-11 season everything changed, he was no longer a permanent starter and Milan seemed to be able to function just fine without his presence on the field.  In fact the Milan midfield seemed much more solid, yes they did not have the same fluency but they got the job done.

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No one can doubt the class Pirlo possesses but over the years it was his legs that just did not seem to be able to deliver. He seemed on occasions easily ran over by opponents, which is also due to the fact that Gattuso was no longer able to cover for him, but none the less he never looked the same after the 2007 Champions League win. His defensive capabilities and mobility seemed to deteriorate as he became unable to cover for his defenders or even pressure opponents when they are on the ball.

Enter Van Bommel a completely different player than what Pirlo is, he is a destroyer breaks down opposition plays and keeps it simple with his passing. That was when Milan had a taste of what life can be like after Pirlo, no longer was there a player that needed the ball at his feet every other pass. All of a sudden Milan’s midfield seemed more mobile with the ability to cover for their defense and pressure for the ball. That is when Milan’s management realized that it was possible to part company with a player that has been a symbol for club, but they understood that keeping Van Bommel at the club is a priority they had to address, hence the contract extension.

It was in the 2009-10 season, when Milan faced Manchester United in the Champions League that Milan’s dependency on Pirlo appeared to be more harmful than helpful. Sir Alex Ferguson’s plan was to just mark Pirlo out of the game and that’s what he did. Milan seemed unable to function as Pirlo struggled for space and time on the ball and it lead to Milan losing both legs, the second of which was in an embarrassing fashion.

Do not get this writer wrong, I am a huge fan of Pirlo’s in all honesty he is my favorite player of all time. He is a Milan legend and Milan will be forever great-full for his loyalty and fantastic play. But the choice had to be made and it should prove to be a fruitful one for Milan as life after Pirlo looks rather bright.

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Pato Is Brilliant

Dont worry Pirlo will always be remembered. Maestro21 will never get forgotten.

TWF

no more comments about pirlo. i will be back when milan officially sign a player. too many rumours nowadays. cheers

milan fun zuki

i am waiting for Ganso comes.he will replace Pirlo. please sign Ganso. even for loan also great. than buy him out from coming next transfer zone.

Steel

Im really sad after his departure, But the die is cast, we have to understand that he is not a rossonero anymore, so lets just thank him for 10 years of glory and faithfulness to milan, players someday come and someday go and its milan that always remain , FROZA MILAN!!!!

Ryan

Dont worry!! If Montolivo comes here u’ll be seeing ‘Pirlo’ again!!

Ganso cant replace Pirlo…Ganso plays like Kaka and is an AMF…get ur facts straight dude

Giancarlo

I think this article is one year too late. We started planning this team without Pirlo since Allegri got here. I loved Pirlo, but he’s been in decline. Juve made a mistake signing him.

dami

so painful but after dis coming season, we’d finally say goodbye 2 d rest of d 2007 winning midfielders – gattuso, ambrosini, seedorf

Marmotix

I wonder who will be the next free kick taker in the team.Maybe Ibra or Taiwo?

pirlo fan

pirlo is a milan legend and he will never be forgitten i only can say good luck to you pirlo when ever you go
pirlo nel cuore

mustapha

andrea pirlo what a great player in milan who has won trophies champ league world cup scudeto copper italia and severals he is indeed agreat legend in milan fiarwell

Laugher

Juventus are greatfull that there were people at Milan who thought like the author of this post!!!