Andrea Pirlo believes that the gap between AC Milan and Napoli in the league could count for little as soon as the two teams hear the jingle of the Champions League anthem.
The draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League took place at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon earlier this month and it saw Milan pitted against a domestic rival in Napoli, with the winner to face either Inter or Benfica in the semi-finals.
Of course the Partenopei will go into the game as strong favourites given they are 23 points ahead in the league table and are storming towards to Scudetto while the Rossoneri are having somewhat of an identity crisis.
Pirlo was interviewed by La Gazzetta dello Sport and as part of it he was asked some questions about the upcoming games between Milan and Napoli and about his former club in general, with his words relayed by PianetaMilan.
“In the Champions League, from the quarter-finals, anything can happen. Have Napoli created a vacuum so far? The Champions League anthem in your ears can turn everything upside down.”
On Milan’s mentality: “Of course, in my 10 years at Milan there was a single mentality. And that charge is still there in the Rossoneri environment. The DNA remains.”
On the many changes at Milanello: “The club has done an important job, with brilliant results, also in terms of management. And Maldini has done his part.”
On if he is nostalgic: “Karagümrük play in red and black too. I hope they bring the same luck. Now I have to work hard to deserve a call from a top club. I won’t think about it now.”