Andrea Pirlo was undoubtedly successful with Juventus in his time as a player but the same can’t be said of his ongoing managerial spell at the club.
It is all but confirmed that the Old Ladies won’t be Serie A champions this year. Therefore, the quest for a 10th consecutive scudetto win is gone out the window.
Should the Turin giants have stayed put with Maurizio Sarri? Maybe they should have, as they are about to fall short of Sarri’s record which eventually resulted in his sack.
The Old Ladies currently sit fourth in the Serie A, 12 points adrift of league leaders Inter Milan with 10 games to go. The sad story for Juventus is that Antonio Conte’s men are in the form of their lives and are also one of the best teams in Europe this season at the domestic level.
I daresay that a top 4 finish and an automatic place into next season’s UEFA Champions League is not even guaranteed for the season as they’ve been very inconsistent under Pirlo. They are being hotly chased by the likes of Napoli, Lazio, and AS Roma.
Juventus currently have 56 points after 28 games and so do Napoli on fifth. Lazio are sixth with 52 points and Roma are seventh with 51 points. Therefore, there’s still all to play for with regards to sealing a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League competition.
Juve still have eyes on the Coppa Italia though where they’ll face Atalanta in the final. This will hand the Old Ladies the opportunity for another domestic silverware having won the Italian Supercup in January. As for the Serie A for the 2020/21 season, it is as good as gone, in my opinion.
I’m one of those who have been waiting to see Juve’s stranglehold on the Serie A broken and it appears that it may just be the case this season., The irony is that a former manager of the club might be the one to wrestle the title away from their grasp.
AC Milan seemed promising but have lost momentum and the ball is now in Inter Milan’s court. Meanwhile, Juventus have to get some consistency going for them in these latter stages of the season or lose out of a place on next season’s UCL. What a disaster this would be?
We look forward to the upcoming games as well as the promise of a new Serie A winner. Meanwhile, it’s just one season but the Juve job might just be too big for Andrea Pirlo.