Andrea Pirlo – Zinedine Zidane (Lapresse)
Pirlo-Juventus, the bench at risk for the Maestro
Andrea Pirlo ends up under scrutiny. The season of Juventus is disappointing, between elimination in the round of 16 Champions League (at the hands of Porto) and a pursuit scudetto all’Inter increasingly complicated (10 points late with 11 games to play: mission almost impossible and the dream of a 10th consecutive tricolor which is fading). Fabio Paratici after the defeat with the Welcome he assured that the Juventus project is only at the beginning and goes on. But it is clear that this season finale is likely to be decisive for the fate of the Maestro and of you. It is forbidden to make mistakes: you must at least hit the Champions League qualification (at the moment all to be conquered given the tussle in the standings and failing to do so would cause damage to image, but above all economic) trying at least to win the Italian Cup (final against Gasperini’s Atalanta) to make this season less bitter. If the situation were to worsen, if Pirlo did not give the feeling of having the team in hand, obviously Juventus would have to look around.
Zidane-Juventus, Zizou and the Juventus dream of his return
The hottest name for the Juventus bench in the case of the Pirlo project should it fail early it would be to Zinedine Zidane. Zizou is an old man of Andrea Agnelli: a couple of years ago it seemed he was ready to return, sitting on the Juventus bench after having put on a show with that player’s shirt. But then the French chose to return to Real Madrid. In June, the streets of Zidane and the blancos could separate: in recent weeks with the blancos that had many ups and downs on the pitch, the Spanish rumors said goodbye practically for sure. But be careful: many times it seemed that the divorce was safe in the past, then the results convinced Florentino Perez e Zizou to continue and Real is now back in the running for La Liga (4 points behind an Atletico Madrid that a couple of months ago seemed to have killed the championship) as well as having qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League (challenge to the Liverpool after eliminating Atalanta). Zidane to Juventus could help the idea linked to the permanence of Cristiano Ronaldo in black and white for another season (even if the knot contract that expires in twelve months should be fixed and in any case the 30 million that CR7 receives remain an important salary in times of world economic crisis due to the covid pandemic).
Juventus: Simone Inzaghi and Massimiliano Allegri, Klopp and Guardiola
The slopes leading up to it are more difficult Juventus a Klopp (although there have been rumors in this sense recently) and above all Guardiola (at the moment his marriage with Manchester City seems more solid than ever). Beware of Simone Inzaghi: another coach who has always been appreciated by the Juve world and close to renewing his (three-year) contract with Lazio (expiring in June). But the signing is not yet and Juventus could swoop down on him.
Many Juventus fans actually dream of a sensational return: Massimiliano Allegri. The Livorno coach has announced in the past few hours that he will return to the bench in June (Naples and especially Rome at the window for Max), the relationship between him and Andrea Agnelli is always excellent. At the moment it remains a suggestion, however …