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If I Could Turn Back Time………….

If I Could Turn Back Time………….

My love of music is widely acknowledged but I tend to stick with those genre`s I like.

I`m set in my ways and not for, usually, turning.

But, buzzing around in my head at the moment is a line from a song that I haven`t a clue who sung it.

It goes - "If I could turn back time" - perhaps you could help.

But it is particularly apt when you consider the subject of this article - a certain Andrea Pirlo of Italian fame.

Now there`s no doubting that Andrea Pirlo controlled the game and his impish penalty shoot-out captivated many, but, cast your minds back to the reign of a certain Carlo Ancelotti.

If I recall correctly, Carlo was linked, rightly or wrongly; with plans to bring Pirlo to Stamford Bridge but if I also recall rightly, such a plan was met with hostility from the Vital Chelsea membership.

Now, how does that haunting line from that aforementioned song go?

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Date:Monday June 25 2012
Time: 6:53PM


Heard that line in one of R. Kelly Albums.
25/06/2012 19:05:00
Pirlo is an epitome of deeplying playmaking, I will pick him ahead of Xavi tbh, I remembered when Carlo wanted him - he even said it in one of his press conferences, Carlo always wanted a player that could provide creativity from deep that was why he liked Mikel and decided to play Josh in that role too.
25/06/2012 19:08:00
Atm, we dont have any player with that quality, Josh comes close but he has alot to learn, Raul and Lamps are far from being that kind of player, Romeu,Essien and Ramires are not that creative. Mikel has Pirlo's calmness and can pass the ball well but he is less mobile and creative.
25/06/2012 19:11:00
Swift is another player that can become a Pirlo if nurtured well.
25/06/2012 19:12:00
shows that age is no barrier if you've got what it takes!
25/06/2012 19:13:00
cher sung it merlin, and i followed the transfer saga and i really did think we would get him until the reporter on sky stopped him walking from the bus and asked him if he was going to chelsea to which pirlo replied he was staying at milan.People on here said he was too old,but i think he would of been worth the 3 or so years service.
25/06/2012 19:14:00
cher sung it merlin, and i followed the transfer saga and i really did think we would get him until the reporter on sky stopped him walking from the bus and asked him if he was going to chelsea to which pirlo replied he was staying at milan.People on here said he was too old,but i think he would of been worth the 3 or so years service.
25/06/2012 19:14:00
In retrospect it would have been awesome if we had gotten him & stuck with king Carlo. We might have won the champions league earlier. Pirlo is El Magnifico! :-/
25/06/2012 19:23:00
Cher - lanky bird right!
25/06/2012 19:36:00
with a nutty bush right!
25/06/2012 19:40:00
sorry hang on that was the bird who lived in the Thunderdome with Mel Gibson wasn't it!
25/06/2012 19:41:00
Mata is better. If I could turn back time, I wouldn't sign Pirlo, because - if we had - we wouldn't have signed Mata for the team...
25/06/2012 19:56:00
Mata and Pirlo do not play in the same position so Mata would still be here. By the way Pirlo made Mad-rich look stupid in Italy vs Croatia game. I thought Mad-rich would expose him with pace and creativity but oops! That was not to be.
25/06/2012 20:10:00
that was tina turner in mad max merlin,cher is the the one with her husband sonny who sung 'ive got you babe' and also sung with meatloaf on 'real dead ringer for love'.Im surprised you dont know cher merlin!
25/06/2012 20:10:00
To compare Mata to Pirlo = to compare Casillas to Van Der Wiel.
25/06/2012 20:14:00
pirlo has been in sensational form this season. but in his last 2 seasons at milan he had been very poor, bad decision making and passing. could not hold the ball. credit to him that he has revived his career but 1 or 2 seasons back he was not worth taking the risk. also if we had got him would have give him more than a year contract which did not fit with our policy of offering only 1 year rolling contracts to 30+ year olds.
25/06/2012 20:22:00
@FrLamp, Really? Mata plays CAM for us, and Pirlo played a CM. Not too different really. BTW I realised we bought Mata as an LW, so maybe we would have bought him. I think Mata is better though...
25/06/2012 20:22:00
@ucmyway dude that is not possible. mata plays well in advanced role but would not have the same desired effect in a deeper role. about pirlo he was tried as an attacking mid at inter and it did not work out. it was ancelotti who played him as a deep playmaker where his talent truly flourished. they are very different players with totally different skillsets and responsibilities and the best at what they do.
25/06/2012 20:59:00
Mata is not equal to Pirlo, they play different roles. And even if you want to compare them Mata is nothing like Pirlo, Pirlo has better awareness, ball control, distribution, vision, creativity and football brain, he reads the game more than you can imagine, he is calm and collected. Even Mata will never compare himself to great Pirlo.
25/06/2012 22:06:00
He made Gerrard, Parker and Rooney look normal, he single handedly controlled the game and his passes where perfect and accurate. We badly need someone like him, I wish Josh can step up and become our Pirlo.
25/06/2012 22:09:00
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