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Watch: Andrea Pirlo "Guarding" The Near Post Makes For Comical Viewing

Watch: Andrea Pirlo "Guarding" The Near Post Makes For Comical Viewing
By Mikey Traynor

Andrea Pirlo is widely considered one of the classiest players ever to play the game.

A legend of Italian football, Pirlo's imperious passing, immaculate control, and eye for a stunning goal have seen him singled out for praise time and time again as one of the more universally appreciated footballers of his time, but you definitely couldn't say his game is perfect.

It turns out there is something that Pirlo is bad at, and that appears to be guarding the near post on set-pieces, as the Italian remains comically uninterested when the opposing New England Revolution swung in a dangerous corner on the final day of the MLS regular season.

Not a bother on him.

Himself and high-profile teammate David Villa couldn't help NYCFC to a playoff position this season, so they'll have plenty of time to work on defensive set-pieces in the offseason. We suggest they start with appointing someone else on post duty.

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