Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu has publicly praised Juventus and offered his insights on the flaws within Serie A and the rest of Italian football.
After a long coaching career in Italy where he took charge of clubs including Pisa, Brescia, Reggiana, and Inter, the 67-year-old said building a side up steadily would always be preferable to buying in short-term talent.
"Juventus are definitely an example to follow," said the ex-Romania forward to La Gazetta dello Sport. "[They have] a stadium owned by the club, they are reliable, and have athletes educated in the spirit of the club, not players that come for a year or two. Take them young and let them grow with the team."
"Inter took this path," Lucescu added, "[AC] Milan, however, remained with [another] way of thinking, taking players at the end of their contract, thinking very little [about] building up. How can you build a team of people aged 34-35 years old? They will never be part of your soul."
But the ex-Besiktas coach also said that he believes there is a significant difference between Serie A and Serie B.
"The best championship was the Serie B," admitted the Romanian boss. "It was the league of coaches. The Serie A was the league of presidents, whoever has the most amount of money wins.
He continued to explain. "The Serie B produces coaches, the good ones have to go there. In Italy, a coach cannot be a leader. He needs time and titles to be estimated."
Lucescu won the Serie B with Brescia, and reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League several times with Inter, Galatasaray and Besiktas.
His current squad at Shakhtar Donetsk currently sits top of Champions League Group E with 10 points, above Juve and last year's champions, Chelsea.