Will Juventus Need to Change Tactics When Andrea Pirlo Retires?

Matteo Bonetti@@TheCalcioGuyContributor IMay 15, 2013

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12:  Andrea Pirlo of Juventus applauds the fans during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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As cliche as it may sound, Andrea Pirlo truly is the clock that keeps Juventus ticking.

Ever since he joined the Bianconeri two seasons ago after plying his trade for a decade with AC Milan, Pirlo has had a sort of rebirth.

He has spearheaded Juventus to two consecutive Scudetti in Serie A and a near-historic 49-match undefeated streak.

Pirlo has played an integral part in both the Juve midfield and on Cesare Prandelli's Italian national team. However, it's time for La Vecchia Signora to plan life without the services of "The Architect."

According to Alessandro Gozzina of La Gazzetta dello Sport, Andrea Pirlo may reunite himself with Carlo Ancelotti if he coaches Real Madrid next season.

It would be a dramatic turn of events for a player who is turning 34 years old on May 19th. 

The question now turns to Juventus: What will they do once Andrea Pirlo leaves?

Interestingly enough, they could easily not do anything. Without Pirlo, they could field a world-class three-man midfield of Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio.

The player who matches Pirlo's qualities the best is current PSG midifelder Marco Verratti, but there's no need for Juventus to find an ideal replacement when they have someone of Paul Pogba's ilk right under their noses.

Pogba is a modern box-to-box midfielder who can do a bit of everything. He has a cannon shot from outside the area and the necessary vision to create for teammates while also tracking back to defend.

There's no reason for Juventus to even change their vaunted 3-5-2 formation, as it fits the rest of their players perfectly. As a matter of fact, a player like Pogba is perfect for a competition like the Champions League, where the stereotypically slow midfield maestro is slowly getting phased out.

Aside from this, creative midfielder Andrea Poli will join the team this summer from Sampdoria. He's another one who could give an offensive spark to a Pirlo-less midfield.

In the end, there's no reason for Juventini to panic and think that their team needs to find a suitable replacement. He's on the team already, and his name is Paul Pogba.