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Italian journalist puts the blame on Pirlo for Juventus disaster

August 31, 2021 - 4:00 am

Italian journalist and former director of Tutto sport, Paolo De Paola has discussed Juventus’ poor start to the season and he claims their current struggles are the result of the poor stint of Andrea Pirlo.

Juve hired Pirlo as their manager last summer although the former midfielder had no prior managerial experience.

It was an enormous gamble and they paid for it by nearly missing out on the top four and also failing to get past the round of 16 of the Champions League.

Juve has brought the accomplished Massimiliano Allegri back in charge of the team, but he hasn’t made the best of starts.

They drew their first game against Udinese 2-2 before succumbing to a shock 1-0 loss at home to Empoli in their last match.

These results have left them with just a point from two games and a -1 goal difference.

While it is still early in the campaign, it is never nice to start badly and to be among the chasing pack.

De Paola puts the blame for their poor start squarely on Pirlo’s reign, he said as quoted by Tuttojuve: “This Juventus is the result of the total disaster made by Pirlo, who created a mental vacuum in every player, removing all security.

“This team must be refounded in the head: the players are not bad, but they play for themselves. Nobody helps. By dint of philosophizing, with papers presented in Coverciano, the mentality of a dressing room has been destroyed.

“Nedved is also one of the biggest culprits. , before he made certain decisions, Juventus won “. 

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    Martinn August 31, 2021 at 7:21 am


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    Steve Bachrach August 31, 2021 at 8:03 am

    Absolutely the stupidest and most incoherent thing I’ve ever read. We’re supposed to believe that Pirlo, who recently led the club to a UCL place and a Coppa Italia, is to blame for Andrea Agnelli’s piss-poor organizational management and Max Allegri’s shoddily planned pre-season? Anyone who saw Juve fight for that UCL spot idown the stretch knows that the team rallied around Pirlo and his staff. This has become the most inaccurate and sophomoric online football site on the planet. Each week it somehow managed to sink lower.

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    Justin August 31, 2021 at 2:14 pm

    We can’t blame Pirlo for Juve mess. Agnelli Fabio Praratici and neved are to be blamed for Juve current situation. Firstly, Agnelli and co.was totally wrong to fire Max Allegri back in 2019. How could you fire a coach who won you 5 scudettos, 4 coppa Italia 2 super cup and took you to 2 C.L finals.
    Secondly why Change Juve DNA. Juve is known for a club to defend and win at all cost. But no you want attractive football.. Juve is not napoli and would never be. Hiring Sarri was a mistake. Even though he won the scudetto.he change juve philosophy.
    Thirdly signing Rinaldo the unforgivable sin. 100million euros plus 31million per season cripple juve and made the whole team dependant on one player c.r 7.