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Barzagli: "Guardiola? Nobody thought we'd get Cristiano..."

Barzagli: "Guardiola? Nobody thought we'd get Cristiano..."

MIGUEL MEDINA

AFP

"Sometimes dreams come true," said the retired defender regarding ongoing speculation over the Manchester City boss moving to Juventus.

Former Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli, who retired at the end of the 2018-19 season at the age of 37, has suggested that the idea of Pep Guardiola taking over from the recently departed Massimiliano Allegri in Turin isn’t that far-fetched given that few people expected Cristiano Ronaldo to rock up at the Allianz Stadium last summer.

“I don’t know the ins and outs of what’s going on at Juventus but I’ve heard the talk about Guardiola and sometimes it’s nice to dream. At the end of the day nobody thought that we’d get Cristiano Ronaldo last summer, but sometimes dreams do come true. We’ll see what happens when they announce the new coach,” Barzagli told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Sarri in the frame but Juve looking at several names

Current Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri - who despite getting the Premier League club into the Champions League via a third-placed finish and winning the Europa League continues to be questioned in west London - has emerged as a frontrunner for the vacant post but Barzagli said he is confident Juve are working all the angles as they seek a successor to Allegri.

“They are looking at a lot of names. In the past few years, the Juve board have never got it wrong. In my opinion, they have always picked the right man.”