For Juventus, the Serie A title has become almost a formality. The Turin-based side won the Serie A title for the ninth consecutive season with two games to spare to continue their domination of Italian football. However, this was not enough to save Maurizio Sarri’s job as the Italian gave way for Andrea Pirlo.
For Sarri, the writing was already on the wall since reports emerged about Cristiano Ronaldo’s misgivings about the team’s methods. With so much vested on Ronaldo’s role in the team, it was a matter of time before the hammer fell. When the Old Lady capitulated in the Champions League against Lyon, it was the final straw.
Juventus has, over the years, become a football bettor’s dream, especially in Serie A matches. With Ronaldo and Paul Dybala at the attack, the team has consistently delivered impressive performances and wins for bettors. As the 2020-21 football season prepares to resume across Europe, you can read more about the weekend football predictions for all leagues.
Here are some predictions and expectations for Juventus for the new season.
What to Expect From Pirlo
Andrea Pirlo is no stranger to Juventus and is even considered one of the best players to don the team jersey. He won four consecutive Serie A titles, two Supercoppa Italiana titles, and another Coppa Italia. Given his crucial role back then, it’s easy to understand fans’ excitement over the Italian’s appointment.
While Juventus won the Serie A last season, it wasn’t in the emphatic fashion the fans have become accustomed. There were serious challenges by Inter Milan, Lazio, and surprise package Atalanta. It was this inconsistency that Pirlo has to think about when revamping the playing personnel.
The Turin giants lacked creativity and only managed to win the title through the genius of Ronaldo, Higuain, and Dybala.
Pirlo’s priority is to rebuild the team’s philosophy through a strong midfield that can hold the ball with intent to attack. In a conversation with Fabio Cannavaro, Pirlo said he would like to use the 4-3-3 with everyone going forward, but he was quick to point out that this depended on the players.
Players on the Move
Already, Andrea Pirlo is busy preparing for the new season. The focus is to offload players who don’t fit his vision. Already, there’s talk of some top players being sold, including Gonzalo Higuain and Sami Khedira.
Pirlo will have to work hard to convince the want-away Paulo Dybala to remain. Other players who might leave are Mattia De Sciglio, Daniele Rugani, Miralem Pjanic, Aaron Ramsey, Douglas Costa, and Alex Sandro.
The new manager will have to get the best out of new signings such as 19-year-old midfielder Dejan Kulusevski from Atalanta, Arthur Melo from Barcelona, and Weston McKennie from Schalke.
The search for a no 9 is also on with Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette featuring top among the prospects. Other possible arrivals that will shape Juve’s revamp include Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli, and Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin. There’s also talk of Chelsea wonder-kid Samuel Iling-Junior, Moise Kean, and joining the Italian football giant.
Juve’s 2020-2021 Outlook
Sarri’s experiment lasted one season and there’s palpable excitement at Juventus. The return of Pirlo portends a new outlook with a rejuvenation in mind. Fans can expect an orchestrated unit with a balance of technique and physicality.
The interest in Luis Suarez shows Pirlo is focused on changing the system at Juve with the emphasis being on attack. The rebuilding of a strong midfield Sarri’s team lacked is also in the works. It was the weak midfield that undid all the good things the strong attack was doing during Lyon’s defeat.
With a dominant midfield, Pirlo himself, a mercurial midfielder, can rebuild Juventus into a force that can win a record 10th Serie A consecutive title. Better still, they can add to their two Champion League Titles by holding the ball better in the midfield with an eye on attacking. In defence, the old Lady has always fared well and Pirlo only needs to refine the existing structure.
What are the predictions for Juventus’ new season? Fans can expect more domination and a new manager boost. All the players will, of course, work hard for the club legend knowing that any wrong move will turn fans against them.
Buoyant Mood in the Offing
Things have changed, and the mood will no doubt be more optimistic compared to Sarri’s time. The partnership between Ronaldo and Suarez will light up things, and more goals will no doubt be expected.
The arrival of Suarez, Samuel Iling-Junior, Hector Bellerin, and the possible return of Moise Kean shows the determination of the club’s boardroom to go a step further and finally win the Champions’ League. Things look great for the Old Lady with Pirlo at the helm.