“F*ck off, Allegri!” Juventus coach should be sacked, but Agnelli is responsible for an institutional crisis

The coach deserves to be sacked, because of his results and his terrible style of play, but Juventus’ problems go beyond the manager and his players.

Angel Di Maria was quick to blame one of the darkest days in Juventus’ history.

Di Maria wrote on Instagram after leaving the team a man at such a difficult moment in the season that made us lose the match. The red card in Sunday’s humiliating 1-0 loss to Monza, Which daznMassimo Ambrosini described it as the old lady’s worst performance in 15 years.

We lost my mistake.”

Not so. Not by a long shot.

Undoubtedly, Di Maria’s sacking exacerbated the situation, but it was merely a symptom of Juve’s current annoyance – not the cause.

At least he faced the music. He was willing to stand up and admit his mistake. Those really responsible for the appalling situation, Juventus now find themselves saying nothing on Sunday. or Monday.

Indeed, it was fitting that when the full-time whistle blew at U Power Stadium and the camera turned to the penalty area as Massimiliano Allegri had to sit due to his suspension, the coach had already disappeared from view.

It was his assistant, Marco Landucci, who had to face the media afterwards over Allegri’s red card at the end of last week’s 2-2 draw with Salernitana, while the players had to bear the brunt of the crowd’s reaction.

Indeed, it was hard not to feel a degree of sympathy for Leonardo Bonucci and Co. as they stood at the far end and were subjected to a torrent of abuse.

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They undoubtedly performed poorly, even just before Di Maria’s red card for his ridiculous elbow in the chest of Armando Izzo, but Juventus’ problems went beyond the players’ limits.

Allegri does not agree. on Saturday, Talk to journalist Mario Sconcerti at Corriere della Sport, He effectively claimed he didn’t have much to do about Juve’s form given that he had an injured “half-team”.

“Quality always lies in the players, not the tactics,” he said. “A good coach should think of the players first.”

It’s undeniable that Juventus are missing some key players at the moment – Paul Pogba, Federico Chiesa, Wojciech Szczesny, Manuel Locatelli, Adrien Rabiot and Alex Sandro are all unavailable – but this club with the biggest budget in Italy is eighth in Serie A. . A, seven points off the lead after just seven games.

They also lost their first two Champions League matches this season, leaving their hopes of reaching the knockout stages hanging by a thread. Of course, fans are more interested in the prospects of qualifying for next season’s championship.

After all, Sunday’s victorious Monza has never won a Serie A game, while Juventus have scored just two victories in all competitions this season.

Furthermore, Allegri’s claim in courier That matches effectively determined by individual quality raised doubts among many fans and critics.

I felt he was arguing that the coach had little influence on what was going on on the pitch. Some would agree, of course, at least when it comes to Allegri.

Former AC Milan midfielder Riccardo Montolivo told DAZN: “There are two types of coaches.

“There are those who teach you how to play with memory: you go on the field and you already know what you have to do. You don’t have to think.

Then, there are coaches like Allegri, who give you an idea of ​​the general game plan and leave the interpretation of the play to the individual players.

“There, you have to understand if the players are able to do that, or if they need something else.”

It seems that Juventus definitely falls into the latter category.

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There was a clear lack of cohesion in their performances. At Dusan Vlahovic, they have a potentially generational attacking talent, yet rarely touch the ball.

That might well be at Manchester City, where the striker has a plethora of creative attacking talent galloping around and only being asked to finish well-rehearsed offensive moves. But at Juventus, Vlahovic is cut off, left working in isolation and looking completely lost. Just like many of his teammates.

And nothing Allegri is trying to turn things around doesn’t seem to work. As GOAL’s Romeo Agresti wrote on Monday: “4-3-3 do not convince, 3-5-2 do not convince, nothing is convincing.”

Allegri, at least, seems unable to really influence Juventus’ play in any positive way.

And it was so for a long time. Many of Juventus’ performances last season were horrific, most notably the decisive loss at home to Villarreal in the Champions League round of 16.

in time, An angry Allegri accused those who called the humiliating exit a fiasco of “intellectual deception”. – but it was impossible to see it any other way, given the disparity between the resources of the two sides.

It is also impossible to consider Allegri’s second spell at Juventus to be anything other than chaos, or “endless catastrophe” Such as Gazzetta dello sport called him.

It was supposed to restore order, and bring the old lady back to winning ways, but last season the club failed to win the title for the first time since 2010-11.

Even worse, football was horribly pragmatic, sometimes really hard to watch.

Allegri has always insisted that he is completely unconcerned about his side winning any beauty pageants but that Juventus are not only ugly, they are embarrassingly ineffective.

They play a form of catenaccio, even against an inferior opponent, and the modern style of pressing seems like a foreign – or perhaps taboo – concept to players.

Even at a club where “winning is the only thing that counts”, fans and the pro-Juventus press have turned against the coach and his outdated style of play.

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In the last week alone, Tuttosport “Juventus Allegri, enough is enough”, he declared, and pleaded with him to “make the fans have fun too”, after the Tuscans mocked talk of his expulsion.

Meanwhile, on Monza’s live TV broadcast, a fan can be heard repeatedly shouting “F*ck off, Allegri!”

He won’t, however – primarily because his €13m gross salary (£11.4m/$13m) per year runs until 2025. And Juventus are unlikely to fire him for the same reason. Indeed, when a fan yelled at Maurizio Arrivabene last week for Allegri’s dismissal, the CEO responded, “So you will pay whoever comes next?”

It was an attempt at humor, of course, but there is an element of truth in every good joke and there is no denying that cash-strapped Juventus will struggle to raise funds together to hire a top-tier replacement for Allegri for the time being given his sack. It will cost them a small fortune (36 million euros from the account of Calcio e Finanza).

Arrivabene even insisted before the Monza match that it would be “crazy” to sack Allegri. But, at this point, can they really afford not to? Juve’s season is already in danger of collapse.

Allegri interview with courierwho tried to portray it as a “chat” with a journalist friend, completely stunned the club, sparking rumors of a fine, while magazine He claimed he fell like a lead balloon in the dressing room.

But Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has put himself in trouble.

His idea was to bring back Allegri. It’s no secret that Pavel Nedved has not dealt with the latter, as he allegedly played a key role in his departure in 2019, and the Czechs are said to support the immediate dismissal of Allegri.

Meanwhile, Arrivabene is said to be in favor of changing the coach only if a lower-cost alternative can be found. They’ve already left it too late, though, to make a move for him Roberto de Zerbe, who has just been appointed as Brighton’s new president.

Thus, there is now talk of turning to Primavera coach Paulo Monteiro. Once again, though, Agnelli is reluctant to make the same mistake he made when he hired junior coach Andrea Pirlo.

Juventus are expected to continue with Allegri in hopes of embarking on an immediate turnaround after the international break and ensuring that by the time Pogba and Chiesa’s players return after the World Cup, the squad will be in much better shape.

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However, the real and understandable fear is that things will get worse before they get better. Or maybe things won’t get better while Allegri is still in charge.

In fact, Juventus are not only looking mentally weak at the moment, but also physically weak, with their players not only appearing sluggish on the field, but also alarmingly prone to muscle problems.

Allegri’s training sessions, and the work of fitness coaches, have become a major talking point since Matthijs de Ligt’s departure from Bayern Munich in August, with the Dutch defender allegedly telling his new boss, Julian Nagelsmann, that his first training session in Bavaria was the most difficult he had faced in four years. .

Therefore, it is important that over the past few days, Giovanni Andreini, head of club performance, has given a greater role in analyzing and managing the strength of the team and adapting the work.

Not surprisingly, Agnelli is keen on finding alternative solutions to Juve’s ills. Not only would it be expensive to fire Allegri, but it would be very embarrassing.

Agnelli effectively admitted by rehiring Allegri that he made a mistake by abandoning him in the first place in order to try to implement a more adventurous and aesthetically pleasing approach, first with Maurizio Sarri and then Pirlo.

Will he now really admit that he made an even bigger mistake by bringing him back? He risks appearing as if he has no idea what he’s doing, which is exactly why Juventus legend Marco Tardelli believes a coach’s job is safe.

“Allegri is in danger?” meditate on opinion. “No, because if he goes, whoever they chose will have to go too.”

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However, there are plenty of proponents who would welcome a change at the top. Some feel it is time for John Elkann, CEO of Exor, Juventus’ parent company, to step in and end his cousin’s presidency.

Sure enough, Agnelli’s reputation as a skilled official has taken a beating over the past four years, even being underestimated His failed failed attempt to launch the European Super League, which angered many of his Italian counterparts.

Beppe Marotta was sidelined and allowed to join – and revive – Inter, Cristiano Ronaldo’s project proved to be a miserable failure. The club’s financial instability was brutally exposed by the pandemic, fans were outraged and isolated over ticket prices, yet another horrific rental ensued, and it seemed like there was no clear plan left in place.

Indeed, Juve’s thinking has become horribly muddled. Consequently, they have gone from an unprecedented era of domestic dominance – which also featured two Champions League finals – to a full-blown institutional crisis.

As a result, the presidents moved on, including president Fabio Paratici, who essentially took over as CEO from Marotta. But Agnelli’s role in Juventus’ dramatic decline over the past years is now finally under intense scrutiny.

It is imperative that he takes some responsibility for the mess the club now finds himself in – or at least addresses the situation publicly.

“I am a professional but also a human who makes mistakes and can recognize them,” Di Maria wrote on Sunday.

Agnelli simply do the same. He needs to accept the idea that bringing Allegri back was a horrific decision – and move to correct it.

At this point, the president’s only hope of saving his job appears to be to fire Allegri from his post.