Former Juventus hero Alessio Tacchinardi has insisted that his old club is just as good as Barcelona, whilst also praising their current crop of midfielders.
The 37-year-old, who won five Serie A titles and a Champions League triumph amongst other trophies in a stellar 13 years at the club between 1994 and 2007, claims that the Bianconeri's midfield rivals that of their European competitiors.
"[Andrea] Pirlo, [Arturo] Vidal and [Claudio] Marchisio are the best in Europe together with those of Barcelona," the former defensive midfielder was quoted as saying by Tuttosport. "Pirlo has no equal in Europe, Vidal is a champion. And Marchisio, though little noticed, when he is one hundred per cent [he too] is a champion. The midfield of Juventus is complete.
"Thanks to [Kwadwo] Asamoah and [Mauricio] Isla, [director Giuseppe] Marotta has the right players. The department has everything to drag the team in the Champions League: quality, dynamism, goals."
Tacchinardi subsequently preceded to analyse the Old Lady's European rivals, insisting that Juventus is on a par with Tito Vilanova's men, and well ahead of Premier League sides.
"Behind Barca and Juve, which I would give a nice 9.5 [out of ten]. [I would] put Bayern and Real Madrid on nine, the Germans with Javi Martinez have captured a big signing and [Jose] Mourinho has added the talent of [Luka] Modric in his system.
"No, the British have more quality in attack, but in midfield [they do] not make me crazy. If Chelsea is an eight, Manchester City and United are 7.5 and seven. Even PSG convince me too. A large enough [squad], but not more [quality].
Defending champion Juventus takes on Udinese at Friuli at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.
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