Antonio Conte was the best manager I worked with, says Andrea Pirlo

Antonio Conte was the best manager I worked with, says Andrea Pirlo as he reveals Roy Hodgson used to call him an ‘idiot’ in Italian by accident

  • Midfield legend Andrea Pirlo was asked to name his dream five-a-side team 
  • The 38-year-old put former Juventus and Italy boss Antonio Conte in charge
  • The pair won three Serie A titles and an Italian Super Cup together
  • Pirlo revealed Roy Hodgson used to struggle with the pronunciation of his name 

Spencer Morgan For Mailonline

Italy legend Andre Pirlo has said that Antonio Conte was the best manager he played under during his career.

The midfielder was managed by the current Chelsea boss for three seasons at Juventus and two years with the Italian national team.

And asked to name his dream five-a-side team, Pirlo chose to place Conte in charge despite also having had strong relationships with Carlo Mazzone and Carlo Ancelotti.

Andrea Pirlo spoke ahead of his testimonial  which takes place at the San Siro on Monday

Andrea Pirlo spoke ahead of his testimonial  which takes place at the San Siro on Monday

Andrea Pirlo spoke ahead of his testimonial which takes place at the San Siro on Monday

The 38-year-old (right) said Antonio Conte was the best manager that he worked with

The 38-year-old (right) said Antonio Conte was the best manager that he worked with

The 38-year-old (right) said Antonio Conte was the best manager that he worked with

PIRLO’S DREAM 5-A-SIDE TEAM 

Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon

Defence: Alessandro Nesta

Midfield: Genaro Gattuso

Midfield: Andrea Pirlo 

Striker: Ronaldo

Manager: Antonio Conte 

‘I worked with some amazing managers during my career,’ he explained to Vanity Fair. ‘Mazzone changed my position on the pitch, it’s thanks to him that I became a ‘regista’ (A deep lying playmaker).

‘Ancelotti is like a brother to me but Conte is the best one. I was lucky enough to meet him in 2011 and he has really taught me a lot.’

The 38-year-old also shared an amusing story about former England manager Roy Hodgson, revealing he used to call him an ‘idiot’ by accident. 

‘Hodgson? He used to call me ‘Pirla’. Pirla means ‘idiot’ in Lombardy, the region Pirlo is from.

Pirlo (right) played under Conte both with Juventus and with the Italian national team

Pirlo (right) played under Conte both with Juventus and with the Italian national team

Pirlo (right) played under Conte both with Juventus and with the Italian national team

‘He didn’t do it on purpose’, the World Cup winner added with a laugh. ‘It was a problem of language, he didn’t know Italian very well.’

In terms of players, there were few surprises in Pirlo’s ultimate team. 

‘My ideal team has (Gianluigi) Buffon in goal, (Alessandro) Nesta at the back, (Genaro) Gattuso in midfield and Ronaldo – the phenomenon – up front.

The midfield legend, who won two Serie A titles, two Champions Leagues, a FIFA Club World Cup and a Coppa Italia crown during a decade with Milan, will have his testimonial match at the San Siro on Monday. 

Pirlo revealed Roy Hodgson accidentally called him an idiot as he struggled to say his name

Pirlo revealed Roy Hodgson accidentally called him an idiot as he struggled to say his name

Pirlo revealed Roy Hodgson accidentally called him an idiot as he struggled to say his name

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