Zola surprised by Pirlo appointment: ‘This is a courageous move by Juve’

Gianfranco Zola didn’t expect Juventus appointing Andrea Pirlo as their new manager after they sacked Maurizio Sarri last week. The Bianconeri decided to part ways with the 61-year-old manager after he failed to impress in the Champions League and recording their worst defensive record in the Serie A in years despite winning the Serie A. Shortly after Sarri was sacked Juventus announced the appointment of Pirlo.

And that appointment has surprised Zola. “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t surprised by this,” Zola told Sky Sport Italia. “It’s fascinating and if the project works, it’ll go down as a huge success story for the club. It’s not an easy job, though, as Juventus are asking to win in a certain way.”

“This is a courageous move from the club and based on the quality of the man, but Pirlo will need their support going forward. It’s not simple, but I do think he can have real success.” Juventus were eliminated by Olympique Lyon in the round of 16 of the Champions League on away goals (2-2).