Andrea Pirlo “only cares about winning” in MLS for New York City FC


Andrea Pirlo’s first press conference as a New York City FC player was pretty straightforward.

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Pirlo wants to win. And he wants to win right here, right now.

The legendary Italian midfielder, 37, is available for selection for this Sunday’s game against Orlando City SC at Yankee Stadium, but whether or not he and Frank Lampard will line up for NYCFC is still questionable as Pirlo has only trained twice, while Lampard continues to train on his own as he recovers from a calf injury.

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Speaking via a translator at the Trump SoHo in New York City, Pirlo looked as suave as ever in a finely cut suit as he sat alongside NYCFC’s head coach Jason Kreis and answered questions via a translator. Nobody quite does an intriguing deadpan expression like Pirlo.

Anyway, here’s a few snippets of what he had to say.

On his outlook:

“When you are on the field, you only think of the game,” Pirlo said. “Basically, you don’t start thinking about the future, what might happen, who you might be playing with, you only care about winning. You do everything you can to win there and then.”

About joining NYCFC: 

“The most important thing is always the team. First and foremost is the group that is important. That goes beyond each individual player. So I can only say that I am available to my coach and to my team and I want to do my best in order to reach the best results.”