Jan 092013

Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo has expressed his admiration for Frank Lampard, insisting he would love to play alongside him in Italy.

The Chelsea legend’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season, and Roman Abramovich has reportedly refused to offer the 34 year-old an extension. No official stance has been given by the club or player.

Manchester United, Juventus, Inter Milan, Queens Park Rangers and various others have all been linked with moves for the England veteran, with the R’s unlikely to be able to afford his wages.

Should the Blues fail to change their stance, Pirlo would love for Frank to join him at Juventus. The Italian said: “They would be mad to let him leave Chelsea, he’s still one of the best in the world.

“If he wants to play in Italy I would welcome him to Juventus with open arms. Lampard could have another four years at the top in Italy.”

Chelsea fans will not welcome the club’s decision to release him, but will have to accept that the club is bigger than any one player. We have signed a plethora of young midfield talent, and are expected to carry on doing so. We will need to sign an influential player in midfield, who can lead the team the way Franky has for years. The ideal professional, who will be missed dearly.

Dec 042012

Andrea Pirlo is determined to kill off Chelsea’s hopes of being the first team to successfully defend the Champions League on Wednesday night.

A win or a draw for Juventus against Shakhtar Donetsk will send holders Chelsea out of the competition.

The Blues’ only hope is a Shakhtar win in Ukraine coupled with a Stamford Bridge victory over Group E whipping boys Nordsjaelland.

Juve playmaker Pirlo, said: ‘I’m sorry for Chelsea fans but the next thing they know they will be saying goodbye to the Champions League.

‘If they go out it won’t only be because of what happens tomorrow.

‘We have been superior to Chelsea and beating them 3-0 was a key moment.’

Pirlo has also ruled out any dirty tricks to send Chelsea packing.

He added: ‘If anyone believes that Juve and Shakhtar have agreed to tie then they are mistaken.

‘The difference between finishing first or second is great in terms of the knockout draw. So our motivation to beat Donetsk couldn’t be greater.’

It has been a fear that Juve would attempt to play out a stale-mate, and if no goals come in the first hour, then the teams are almost guaranteed to sit back. Chelsea have to concentrate on getting a win regardless, and that is no easy task considering the current battle with form we have been having. Chelsea need to get their heads out of the ground and come up fighting. Do we still expect Juve to play out a draw?