Former Juventus Coach Marcello Lippi has offered his thoughts on the Bianconeri’s current woes, attributing part of the problem to Max Allegri’s ‘changes of direction.’
Lippi was speaking at a press conference to discuss his current role as Coach of the Chinese national team.
“I do not know why Juventus are struggling to play in all three competitions, but it makes for hard work, so to speak.” Lippi told the press conference.
“My impression is that not only Juve but also Roma and Napoli should be working to lubricate the mechanisms.
“Sarri was of course unfortunate to lose Higuain and then Milik through injury.”
Lippi then reflected on his time at Juve which included some notable victories in England.
“At Juve I had fantastic years, the current problems are due to changes of direction by Allegri because he has switched so much, also in midfield. The integration of great champions is not natural.”
“I can’t say why Juventus are, so to speak, struggling to handle their commitments in the Champions League and Serie A.
“It isn’t set in stone when you buy great players that they adapt quickly to their new environment.
“They are changes to be managed with great difficulty for a Coach.
“Pjanic and Higuain? The arrival of great champions isn’t a given [for success]. They have to get to know their new teammates and settle first.”
Lippi lamented the loss of Juve’s key midfield players over the years, notably the departures of players Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal – Three players who formed the cornerstone of much of Juve’s success under Antonio Conte and current Coach Max Allegri.
“After that, a very important player in Pogba left the club. Two years ago, the midfield was Pirlo-Vidal-Pogba.
“Last season, they played Lemina and Sturaro, with all due respect to them both.”