|Org||Italy National Team|
|Club as Player||Juventus|
2011 05 07 Retrieve
[Alessio Tacchinardi believes Siena’s Antonio Conte is the right man to coach Juventus] He’s [Conte] the right coach to re-launch Juventus. I had the good fortune to play alongside Conte and he was a coach on the field of play. He always had the desire to win. Antonio knows what winning means. I knew that he would follow his playing career by becoming a great coach
[However, the 35-year-old warned that it will not be easy for Conte and explained] We’ll just have to see how he reacts to the pressure and there will be a lot there. However, I do think that he has the right personality to take on this challenge even if it won’t be easy. He’ll be taking on this side and trying to get it back to winning ways
2012 03 26 Retrieve
[Alessio Tacchinardi says Ranieri’s sacking was inevitable after Inter Primavera success] I am not surprised by Ranieri’s dismissal. After the success of the Primavera team and Sunday’s defeat to Juventus, I expected something to happen. Let’s not forget that Inter are also out in the Champions League after being eliminated by a team like Olympique de Marseille. Stramaccioni’s first team talk will be very important, he must make the players feel his charisma despite his lack of experience
2012 09 02 Retrieve
[former midfielder Alessio Tacchinardi says Juventus is as good as Barcelona] [Andrea] Pirlo, [Arturo] Vidal and [Claudio] Marchisio are the best in Europe together with those of Barcelona. Pirlo has no equal in Europe, Vidal is a champion. And Marchisio, though little noticed, when he is one hundred per cent [he too] is a champion. The midfield of Juventus is complete. Thanks to [Kwadwo] Asamoah and [Mauricio] Isla, [director Giuseppe] Marotta has the right players. The department has everything to drag the team in the Champions League: quality, dynamism, goals
Behind Barca and Juve, which I would give a nice 9.5 [out of ten]. [I would] put Bayern and Real Madrid on nine, the Germans with Javi Martinez have captured a big signing and [Jose] Mourinho has added the talent of [Luka] Modric in his system. No, the British have more quality in attack, but in midfield [they do] not make me crazy. If Chelsea is an eight, Manchester City and United are 7.5 and seven. Even PSG convince me too. A large enough [squad], but not more [quality]
2014 09 13 Retrieve
[Alessio Tacchinardi on Paul Pogba] Pogba is a pure diamond. He has grown up to become a devastating player. Ever since his first Juve game, I thought he was an extraordinary player. He has the ability to make the very complex appear so simple, dissolving tricky situations. Before watching Pogba, I had only seen four players play like that: Juan Roman Riquelme at Villarreal, Zinedine Zidane and Alessandro Del Piero at Juventus, and Francesco Totti for Italy. There are some midfielders who define an era. This will be the age of Pogba, he is the prototype central midfielder that any coach would want as he can play offensively or defensively. It’s absurd [Manchester United] let him go. Certain talents are just innate
2015 05 05 Retrieve
[Alessio Tacchinardi says Ancelotti was like a second father at Juventus] For me, Carlo Ancelotti is a great coach, a wonderful man and a second father. I don’t think you can say he was a failure at Juventus. In fact, I completely reject such a definition. I still remember how well he handled the group, his great game plans and his handling of Alessandro Del Piero after his horrible knee injury. Many critics wanted him to bench Alex, but Carlo continued to pick him and aided his recovery superbly
[But Tacchinardi suggests that is just proof that the chips did not fall for the former Parma and AC Milan boss] His two years were not blessed with luck, that’s for sure. There was that storm in Perugia, and then a one-off performance by Hidetoshi Nakata for Roma at the Stadio delle Alpi. Even the fans took to him despite there having been a few banners and things against him early on
I think he’s the best coach in Europe. He’s made a wonderful career in terms of his technical and tactical qualities, but also his human qualities. There are very few people with his intelligence and understanding. He manages the squad well, understands his players and stimulates them without creating fractures in the dressing room. He is one of those coaches who knows exactly how to combine characteristics to create a harmonious and successful environment
2015 08 20 Retrieve
[Alessio Tacchinardi on Thierry Henry] Sometimes when I see the speed Henry moves on the pitch he looks like he’s bought a motorbike. If I have to mark him … I will just have to get myself one as well
2017 06 02 Retrieve
[Tacchinardi says I’d pay to see Buffon win the Champions League] Two sides are arriving in Cardiff that have both had a great season. Real has grown a lot in the last few months. They won La Liga, they knocked out big teams, running well thanks to the many world-class players that they have in their squad. We already know everything about Juventus: they are probably the most complete and organised team in all of Europe.
I’m expecting a performance made up of intensity, a fast pace, great head-to-heads and a result decided by a moment of magic from a world-class player. But this Juve deserve to lift the trophy again. I would pay to see Gigi Buffon win the Champions League! They all deserve it, though: the players, the coach, the club and the fans who have been waiting for a new triumph for so many years
[They have lost four finals in the interim and the 1-0 defeat to Real in 1998 still stings for Tacchinardi, as he maintains that Predrag Mijatovic’s winner should not have stood] That was a classic final in the most negative sense of the word. A closed match, ugly and blocked, with little action or flair, decided by that offside goal by Mijatovic. And that goal was offside despite what he still says!
In that game, we played calmly up until 30 metres from their goal but then, we did not have the ingenuity, the creativity or the final ball to unlock their defence. Zinedine Zidane and Alex Del Piero were like soaked powder kegs but it must be said that Alex had a muscular problem that had not yet been resolved and he didn’t enjoy the benefit of a perfect physical condition. Still, Saturday’s game will be different; I hope also in terms of the result!
I’d like so much to go out onto the field with this Juve. Among other things, I think my characteristics would adapt well to Allegri’s style of play. The attacking and midfield phases are so important for both teams.
On the one hand, I see Cristiano Ronaldo and Toni Kroos as decisive but, on the other, I trust in Gonzalo Higuain and Miralem Pjanic. Real have one defect: they bring so many men over the halfway line and, at certain times, they can be caught out.
However, it’s a deadly team in so many ways and Zidane has shown himself to be a great coach, very clever, and he’s also very knowledgeable on Italian football. The Bianconeri will have to be careful and always concentrated but they have an enviable defence that has no rival in Europe, and that’s without talking about their midfield and attack! It’s certainly going to be a balanced game, one played on the edge of a razor blade. But, after all the reflections and analysis, I will say yes, this is the year for Juve to bring the cup back to Turin!
2018 03 29 Retrieve
[Tacchinardi says Passionate Conte targeted like a pigeon at Chelsea] Honestly, I hope he leaves Chelsea because this season he has been a target like a pigeon. Right since the first game they have started a media massacre against him. Last year they let him work, but this time right from the start they put him against his own chairman for the transfers. They have been heavy on a manager who took a side that ranked seventh and let them win the Premier League.
[Tacchinardi suggests Conte’s mental health could be affected if he cannot resolve his dispute with Chelsea] Antonio, to me, is one of the top three in the world but he needs to be super motivated. He needs to go happy and serene to the training ground and not bothered by all these things because he is passionate. If you are passionate about your marriage and your wife is happy, it is all great, if you are passionate and your wife isn’t happy, you sink into depression
2018 04 02 Retrieve
[ex-team-mate Tacchinardi says Phenomenon Zidane a better coach than player] I say Zidane is better as a manager [than a player] because as a player, Mother Nature helped him. He didn’t need any tips, he entered the pitch and played like when he was a kid. Zidane was, and is, football on the pitch. As a manager he became a strong man. He was withdrawn and shy, but if such a group [of players] follow you like this, it means you have improved your character. Tactically he is good. He always finds the right move. He is stronger as a manager. He was a purebred as a player, but as a manager he inherited a catastrophic situation and won every cup. He is a phenomenon. But I admit that I would never ever thought he could become a phenomenon as a manager. If anyone who played with him swears he thought Zidane could become what he is now, this guy is a fool
2018 04 03 Retrieve
[Tacchinardi says Roma must park the bus against Barca] Roma stand no chance. This season’s Barcelona is possibly one of the best of the last 20 years. Even their bench is deep. Messi is reaching amazing levels again and even to stop only him is not easy. Roma would need two perfect games. Like it or not, you park the bus. If you attack them and leave them 50 metres, they will kill you
2018 07 11 Retrieve
[As former team-mate Alessio Tacchinardi once revealed] Del Piero always comes to the training field with a smile for everyone, a comforting word for everyone. This is his greatness: humility. He’s a golden person
2020 05 16 Retrieve
[Alessio Tacchinardi says Juventus should be looking to offload Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot in the next transfer window] In order to get Pogba back, I would let Rabiot and Ramsey go, even if the Welshman did show a few signs of life in the last few games
I have no doubts that for Maurizio Sarri’s style of football, he should hand the reins of the midfield to Rodrigo Bentancur. The Uruguayan is made of strong stuff, he has charisma, is always in the right place at the right time, keeps it simple and knows when to pass or pummel. He’s not Andrea Pirlo, but then I don’t think Sarri would want a player like that in front of the defence
I’d rather get Sandro Tonali, who is a rough diamond that Juve can really polish by playing him straight away. Gaetano Castrovilli [of Fiorentina] reminds me of Claudio Marchisio