“I feel great joy, lifting my first trophy as a coach is different, I think even better than as a player, because I am leading such a great squad and at an historic club. It's wonderful," Pirlo told RAI Sport.
“It's rare that two teams play well in a Final, the important thing is to win. When you play with this determination, then luck can go on your side.
“We wanted to prove that we are not the team seen against Inter, so when you play with this grit, determination and attitude, you draw luck your way."
He added: "Arthur played when he was in good shape, but he arrived without playing for a few months at Barcelona, so he needed a while to get into gear. He then picked up a nasty injury.
“He proved himself tonight, he played in a slightly less centralised role today so that he could give Rodrigo Bentancur more space when building from midfield. He brings great quality on the ball, so we're holding on tight."