Champions League

Pirlo gunning for Champions League medal

2015-05-05 11:44
Andrea Pirlo (AFP)

Cape Town - Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo wants to leave Juventus with a Champions League winner's medal and thinks it is more than possible this season.

The veteran playmaker's contract runs out at the end of this season and, while he says he will almost certainly not remain in Italy, he revealed he has no plans to hang up his boots any time soon.

"It would actually be a dream way to end my time in Turin, by winning the Champions League," Pirlo said.

"But I wouldn't stop playing altogether because I'm going to continue for as long as I still have the desire to train every day.

"Certainly, I wouldn't stay in Italy - Juve will be my last Serie A club, no matter what.

"The United States is an option, but there's nothing definite yet. I'm still only thinking about Juve, and besides - let's get our hands on that trophy first and then we'll see."

He admits the team has not been prepared for a Champions League challenge in the previous two seasons under coach Antonio Conte, but believes the experience they have gained puts them in a good position this term.

"We've matured a lot in recent years and the experience we've gained in Europe has helped the team," he added.

"In the three seasons under Antonio Conte, we were still lacking something - maybe we just weren't ready - but this year, our belief that we can beat anybody has grown as the season has progressed.

"We play good football, without any fear or concerns and we don't need a miracle. We've got nothing to lose so we go out there with our heads free, pursuing our dream."

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