Andrea Pirlo claimed the first trophy of his managerial career as Juventus beat Napoli 2-0 to lift the Supercoppa Italiana.
Andrea Pirlo celebrated his first trophy as a coach as Juventus beat Napoli to the Supercoppa Italiana.
The 41-year-old might have won the trophy several times as a player but this is the first piece of silverware of his coaching career.
Cristiano Ronaldo broke the deadlock by pouncing on a lucky ricochet from a corner, and then Lorenzo Insigne missed a penalty.
With Napoli pushing for a late equalizer, Alvaro Morata completed the counter with the last kick of the game to seal the victory for Pirlo and company.
“I feel great joy, lifting my first trophy as a coach is different, I think even better than as a player, because I am leading such a great squad and at a historic club. It’s wonderful,” Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia.
“It’s rare that two teams play well in a Final, the important thing is to win. When you play with this determination, then luck can go on your side.”
“We wanted to prove that we are not the team seen against Inter, so when you play with this grit, determination and attitude, you draw luck your way.”
Pirlo was up against former teammate ‘Rino’ Gattuso and spoke about their friendship off the pitch.
“We are two coaches on two important benches, it’s a different type of work now. I am disappointed for Rino, but happy for me. We were too concentrated for joking around on the touchline tonight!”