Less than a year ago, Andrea Pirlo vacationed in Kittilä and enjoyed Lapland's nightmare with her female friend.
The former top player’s laid-back days ended in August, when he unexpectedly became Juventus ’head coach.
The Turin Club gave starting passes to Maurizio Sarri and appointed Pirlon to replace him, who had had a week of coaching experience as a coach for white-black under-23s.
Pirlo's head didn't freeze then, but he's been cold-headed before.
The midfielder was only 15 years old when coach Mircea Luscescu raised him to Brescia’s No. 1 team.
Her debut in Serie A took place against Reggiana in May 1995, when Pirloo was 16 years old.
Yesterday, Luscescu and Pirlo met as coaches.
The 75-year-old Romanian is currently piloting the Kiev Dynamo, which Juventus faced in the opening round of the Champions League.
During the match, both praised their rival colleagues.
- We still keep contact, and I am forever grateful to him, 41-year-old Pirlo said and called Luscescua a maestro.
Even the master had enough words for his apprentice.
- In Brescia, I realized he was a balanced guy.
He was a creative player, but on top of that, he was able to organize the whole team’s play, which is an exceptional skill, Lucescu said.
The Kiev Olympic Stadium had a surprising amount of noise as Ukrainians played the continent’s gem series for the first time since the 2016-17 season.
The white shirts were unable to take advantage of their home advantage as guests had better control over the game.
Even the injury of Captain Juve Giorgio Chiellini did not confuse the Italian system.
The most dangerous finishers in the opening period came for second-generation striker Federico Chiesa and Swedish Dejan Kulusevski, who made his debut in the Champions League.
However, the goal could be expected for the second half.
Immediately after the break, the goalkeeper Heorhiy Bushchan spat the ball in front of him and Alvaro Morata hit Juventus with the lead.
Luscescu's crew sought a draw and were able to create a few places for Wojciech Szczesny's goal, but the full hit was missing.
The visitors' central defense should have had no trouble clearing the pass to Morata, but the Juan Cuadradon player managed to shrug them off and fired a low shot past the keeper to give his team the lead.
In the evening of Kiev, no one was left to miss Cristiano Ronaldo, who suffers from a coronavirus.
- The opening goal made it easier for us to play because after that we had more space when Dynamo was looking for a handicap, Chiesa said.
His father is former Italian national team striker Enrico Chiesa.