Juventus’ entire backroom and backroom staff are on trial for the remainder of the season, while chairman Andrea Agnelli prepares for the unthinkable: failing to qualify for the Champions League.
Andrea Pirlo’s team is fourth in the Serie A, level on points with Napoli, which is in fifth place, which they receive on Wednesday-evening. The Italian champion was 16 points behind on this stage last season.
Juventus are confident they won’t have major financial problems if they miss the Champions League, but Agnelli is furious and ready to challenge the club’s plans to transform their fortunes next season.
Juventus’ playing and backroom staff, including Cristiano Ronaldo, faces an uncertain future
Cristiano Ronaldo, Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot, Paulo Dybala, Matthijs De Ligt, Alvaro Morata and chief football officer Fabio Paratici are all among those facing an uncertain future.
Agnelli is concerned that mistakes will be repeated, that the team will not improve, and sees an indifferent attitude in the team stars who are considered the main problems behind Juve’s Serie A battle.
Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli could oversee a major overhaul of the club this summer
Problems with the players
Without the Champions League next season, there is the potential for a major exodus of players from Turin, with a number of stars squeezing the club’s finances without taking the field.
Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini have moved on, saving around £ 8.5 million a year.
Ramsey and Rabiot, two players who reportedly symbolized Paratici’s disaster in the transfer market in recent years, would join them.
Already linked with a move, Ronaldo would not accept a season outside the Champions League at the age of 36. Even the outright purchase from mercenary Alvaro Morata would be questionable. Dybala would like to go further and even De Ligt would be in danger due to his high salary on a contract worth around £ 14.5m a year.
Against Torino, Wojciech Szczesny had one of his worst games since arriving at Juventus. The ex-Arsenal stop could also be chopped this summer, with upcoming free agent Gianluigi Donnarumma singled out as Buffon’s heir.
Aaron Ramsey (left) and Adrien Rabiot (right) are big earners who have underperformed
Paulo Dybala (left) and Matthijs de Ligt (right) could leave if Juventus does not make the top four
The outright purchase of Alvaro Morata, on loan from Atletico Madrid, is questionable
Club now admits that Pirlo is a failure
Too often there is a feeling that some Juventus players don’t know what to do in defense and attack and the blame is on Pirlo.
The decision to focus on a rookie coach is considered a failure: out of the Champions League, out of the battle for the Scudetto and fourth place in Serie A.
Pirlo won everything as a player, but Juve has often been embarrassed under his management. He hasn’t found a proper tactical position for Dejan Kulusevski, built a team in 4-4-2 form after inheriting Maurizio Sarri’s 4-3-3, and his coaching style has been compared to Ciro Ferrara, one of Juves worst bosses. of the past 30 years.
Critics say that Pirlo has no courage, no ideas and, above all, no perseverance and develops a complicated gaming philosophy that is too flat, banal and predictable.
Juventus looked slow, struggled to keep concentration high in the first minutes of each game, made technical errors and, above all, real assists for the opponents’ goals.
Juventus’ decision to focus on a rookie coach in Andrea Pirlo is considered a failure
Paratics also in the line of fire
On the day of Max Allegri’s farewell, Andrea Agnelli clarified his position: “The choices for the future coach are made by the sports management that has my mandate to operate in the market.”
That was more of a warning than an announcement of his confidence.
After 24 months, his confidence in Paratici seems to be running out and Juventus could be close to yet another market revolution. Paratici has not yet renewed his contract and continues to experience his negative period in terms of choices made in the market, especially in the decision about the coaches.
Sarri was his choice and after 12 months he was forced to turn around and fire the coach who had wanted to run the club for years. Choosing Pirlo seemed like a cheap setback to buffer the huge salary to be paid to Sarri until June 2021 and again Paratici made a mistake.
His future is hanging on a thin wire and he runs the risk of being cut off if the club does not win a place in the Champions League at the end of the season. Fourth place is perhaps more important for Paratici than for the future of the club, which will always find the strength to reboot even without many players.
Chairman Agnelli has to think very carefully about the technical future of the team, the restart cannot be entrusted solely to the re-establishment of the team.
Fabio Paratici, Juventus’ chief football officer, is another person who could leave the club