Pirlo had played for the Old Lady between 2011 and 2015 before leaving for New York City and now occupies the bench at the Allianz Stadium in what is his first coaching job.
“Pirlo was a great player,” Gasperini said on Friday ahead of Atalanta’s game with Torino.
“But coaching is another job. He’s been chosen because he has some important characteristics.
“They preferred to rely on a person that they already know very well.”