Andrea Pirlo is calling upon his international team mates to follow the example of his club side, Juventus in their unfamiliar situation of not being amongst the favourites. Juventus were written off by many at the start of this season, similarly to how Italy have been written off ahead of Euro 2012. Juve went on to win Serie A in an undefeated season and Pirlo believes that the Italian National side can follow his club’s example.
Pirlo dismissed the Azzurri’s critics by pointing to his own situation and the way he was written off at the start of the season. “At Milan they thought I was finished, but here I am.” At the age of 33 his career is in the winding down phase but he does not see that as any reason to lower expectations. And why would he? He has played a leading role in Juventus’ successes this season and is hoping that he could do the same in what could be his final major tournament with Italy.
The Italians it would appear are not buying into their tag as a weaker side and one that won’t be competing in the latter stages of the tournament. “Our objective is to go all the way in the competition. We are not among the favourites and we know that, but I am convinced Italy can finish in the top four. Spain are the reigning World and European Champions, so clearly they are favourites, especially with Cesc Fabregas on form. Then there are great sides like Holland, Steven Gerrard‘s England, Germany and France.”
They appreciate that their task will be an uphill one but they are aiming high and they do have the calibre and experience to go all the way. Pirlo and the Juve players in particular will be able to draw inspiration from the club’s success this season and will be hoping to repeat their impressive feat to crown a great season.