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Opinion: Juventus must be willing to sacrifice another season for lasting change to happen

May 5, 2021 - 1:00 pm

This has been a poor season for Juventus and it is one that they will never want to experience again.

After winning nine straight league titles, no one would have thought they would be fighting for a top-four place in this campaign.

We can argue that one reason for that is that they made an inexperienced Andrea Pirlo their latest manager.

But Juve started showing cracks from last season when Inter Milan rallied late to close the gap between both teams at the top of the league table.

Pirlo’s inexperience has contributed, but a change was inevitable and Juve probably never prepared for it.

Naming Pirlo our new manager hasn’t worked out to perfection, but our older squad members also haven’t shown as much commitment as they did in previous seasons.

Perhaps they are tired or need more time with Pirlo to understand his demands, but this season wouldn’t have been that much better under another manager, I’d argue.

If Juve keeps him on as manager, they should back him with new players in the summer and they will also need time to blend in.

Thinking that a new manager will turn us into champions again next season is also overly positive.

I reckon that Pirlo will need another season to get this team firing again and a new manager would also need at least one season to get his ideas across to the players. 

So we have to prepare for another poor season before our team returns to the top.

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    Dennis May 5, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    I totally disagree with you. Pirlo still has a lot to learn before he can be saddled with a huge responsibility of building a team, not just any team but Juventus. Even if you give him all the players he wants I doubt he will be able to achieve much. He has a bright future no doubt but needs to learn at a smaller club with less pressure and expectations. An experienced coach in Allegri or Zidane can build the team whilst keeping touch with the other top teams. Juventus with all the players we have shouldn’t be struggling to keep a clean sheet or defeat mid table teams and teams that are struggling to avoid relaxation. That’s unacceptable!

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    Dennis May 5, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    I totally disagree with you. Pirlo still has a lot to learn before he can be saddled with a huge responsibility of building a team, not just any team but Juventus. Even if you give him all the players he wants I doubt he will be able to achieve much. He has a bright future no doubt but needs to learn at a smaller club with less pressure and expectations. An experienced coach in Allegri or Zidane can build the team whilst keeping touch with the other top teams. Juventus with all the players we have shouldn’t be struggling to keep a clean sheet or defeat mid table teams and teams that are struggling to avoid relagation. That’s unacceptable!

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    Juvefella May 5, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    Well, let’s face it, if we can’t offload Ronaldo this summer, it doesn’t matter who the coach is, it just wount be a good.

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    Bruno May 6, 2021 at 3:19 am

    100% agree with Juvefella, Ronaldo is the problem.
    I’m not questioning what Ronaldo has done or can do, I’m simply saying he is not Juve player and Juve are not a team suited to a Ronaldo.
    Juve’s decline pretty much started with Ronaldo’s arrival. since his arrival Juve became Ronaldo and we will only see Juve back once Ronaldo is gone.
    And for those that will no doubt bring up all Ronaldo’s goals up as an argument, I will simply point out that Juve won more, did it far more convincingly and scored more goals before Ronaldo’s arrival and they also did it with a team that cost considerably less.
    The truth is they were a TEAM something they are not with Ronaldo and never have been.
    While I understand Ronaldo’s purchase from a marketing point of view, it has been disastrous on the pitch, the insistence on making it all about Ronaldo at any cost has turned the rest of the players into servants/water carriers who are only there to serve Ronaldo and until he’s gone these players will not show us what they are truly worth and Juve will not be the real JUVE.

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    Mateo May 6, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Juventus is lacking much in the midfield…., We don’t have holding midfielders like legendary Edgar David’s…there should be an overhaul in the midfield period