Marotta says they opened themselves up to criticism when signing Pirlo from AC Milan.
"As for Pirlo, you've got to know how to take opportunities. When Pirlo and Milan decided to split up by mutual consent, we approached the player, discussed it with Conte and wrote up a contract. Pirlo is the symbol of my time here, as he is a player with a great trophy cabinet who is no longer as young as he once was.
"Signing him left us open to criticism, but at the end of the day we won a great gamble. I couldn't sleep at night the first few days after the signing..."