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According to Carlo Ancelotti, Marco Verratti is the new Andrea Pirlo (via Football-Italia.net).
The Italian boss is quick to press home that his Paris Saint-Germain regista will need time, but Verratti clearly has other ideas regarding the speed of his own development.
He's excelling for les Parisiens in Ligue 1 and the UEFA Champions League, while also strutting his stuff on the international stage for the Azzurri.
He's more than a deep-lying playmaker, he's an all-round star. His 4.3 tackles and 1.8 interceptions so far show good ability to break up play, but on top of that he's averaging just under 80 passes per game with a 90 percent accuracy rate.
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