And the magical midfielder was joined by a host of his former team-mates, opponents and friends for a final swansong at the home of his old clubs AC Milan and Inter. A host of stars past and present came together to produce a thrilling thriller Getty Images — Getty Andre Pirlo announced his retirement from playing back in November EPA Alexandre Pato got the whites back into it before Antonio Cassano restored the two-goal advantage. Pirlo provided the assist from a set-piece for Vieri to make it but Cafu produced a sublime finish prior to Pato grabbing a second — but Bonucci would make it before the interval. His new colleagues quickly had the net bulging again through Cristian Brocchi then Luca Toni headed home as well as Filippo Inzaghi making it to the blues.
Follow your club now for first access to all our news, views and analysis Chelsea Antonio Conte has insisted Chelsea are in far better shape than when he took over from Jose Mourinho — even if the club miss out on qualifying for the Champions League.
Having guided Chelsea to the Premier League title during his first season, Conte now requires a major helping hand for his team to snatch a top-four place ahead of Liverpool.
It can happen. For this reason, you have to know this and prepare in the right way. There are six top teams at the start of the season ready to fight for a place in the Champions League.
In the past, it happened the same. Last season, after a 10th place, we won the Premier League. It was difficult.
We worked very hard, but we won. After a 10th-place finish.
Now, probably, you can finish fifth and start with a bit of an advantage compared to when you finish 10th. But, I repeat, you play in a league that is very tough; where there are six top teams who fight to take the four Champions League places.
He was promoted by his coach Mircea Lucescu. Pirlo was unable to break into the first squad permanently, however, and Inter finished eighth in the —99 Serie A campaign.
Last season, if I remember, United finished sixth and Arsenal fifth. It means you must pay great attention for the present and the future. For sure, in the next week, the situation will be more clear for the end of the season.
Then it will be the right moment for the person to understand the situation and take the best solution, find the solution in the best possible way. Our life.
As you know very well, our job is very difficult for this reason because you stay, not every day — actually, this season every day — you stay in balance.
But this is normal. This is my job. We have to live with this pressure, with this type of situation. I have great respect for everyone.