Pirlo (as new Juve U23 coach): "Everyone would love to imitate Guardiola or Zidane's career but you have to earn it. I've had offers from Serie A and Premier League but I thought this was the right path to start my coaching career."

Small bursts of high intensity pressing is also not an innovation. Teams have been doing it for decades, including the Ajax and Holland sides he got most of his inspiration from. It was what they were most known for and dates back as far as the mid 60's.

False 9's are also not groundbreaking, they've been around since the 1920's when the Austria-Hungary was still a thing, through the 50's with Hungary, the 60's and 70's in Holland and into the early 90's in the very team he was playing in.

There are countless instances of managers throughout history moving players into other positions and then being successful. Particularly when you're moving an already world class player, it's hardly an amazing feat.

There are again countless teams that that have been flexible with their formations and tactics.

He's an incredible manager and he implements his ideas very well. He is not, however, "groundbreaking". Everything he's lauded for has been around for a t least 50 or 60 years, over 100 in some cases, and was generally in place at the club side he was playing for 30 years ago and absorbed from a guy who did them at his own club side 20-30 years prior to that.

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