Deschamps speaks about Juventus strength, Pogba and Zidane

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France coach Didier Deschamps recently won the FIFA award as best coach and touched on some Juventus-related topics in a long interview with Gazzetta dello Sport. He started off with Paul Pogba and his potential return: “Manchester United are struggling, but he is still the same, one of the top midfielders in the world, but I can’t comment on the relationship between a player and a coach. Fans are allowed to dream, maybe some of them did not expect Cristiano Ronaldo to join, but he did. Sometimes dream come true. Compared to few years ago, Juventus would have to spend a lot more to bring him back.”

On today’s Juventus compared to his Champions League-winning one in 1996: “We lost two finals after that season. The team has returned to the upper echelon in Italy and in Europe. Winning Champions League is like winning the World Cup. Actually, there are more competitors there at the beginning of the tournament, those seven/eight teams that have a legitimate shot at going far. But only one prevails. Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus is as competitive as mine. The details can make the difference, but they have the tools to be among the favourites.”

On whether the arrival of Ronaldo makes a Champions League win almost mandatory: “Surely it makes Juventus stronger, but we will know that only in the spring. They signed a player that can be decisive in big moments. He has always been and keeps working to remain that, despite his age. He is a great professional.”

On the similarities between him and Blaise Matuidi: “We are different, he plays in another role and he is left-footed. But I had talked to him before his move, explaining that Juventus is a great club, very organized, with top-shelf professionality at every level. He is great in Turin and I am not surprised one bit.”

On whether the Juventus project could lure away a World Cup-winning coach: “It is ambitious and modern and I will always be attached to them because they gave me a lot as a player. I tried to give something back as a coach, but I am very happy where I am at now.”

On Zinedine Zidane being a candidate for Juventus’ bench: “Right now, it is occupied by a great coach like Allegri, who is doing an excellent job. Maybe Zidane, considering our shared past, could have a shot in the future. We’ll see.”

On whether Juventus could revitalize the whole Italian system: “Serie A is an important league in any case, even though Premier League is ahead of it because of its economic means. Some other teams are coming back to the higher levels, like Roma and Napoli. Others, like Milan and Inter, are backed by wealthy investors. The addition of Ronaldo gave the league more exposure abroad, like it happened with Neymar at PSG. Obviously, Juventus were well-known even before that, but the marketing boost coming from a world-class player like that allows you to reach every corner of the planet.”

On Gianluigi Buffon moving to PSG: “He is a wonderful guy, he can pass down a lot to the youngsters image-wise, but he is also a champion who can be precious for an ambitious side. You just need to see how he works to stay on top. Maybe he needed a change of scenery to be more motivated after many years at Juventus. Paris is a great city too.”

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