He was supposed to coach the Juventus U23 team, but a few days later, Andrea Pirlo found himself in charge of the Old Lady’s pennant team, succeeding Maurizio Sarri. On paper, the Pirlo choice seemed daring, but attractive. The reason ? In terms of image and thanks to his past as a player, Pirlo had everything, mediatically speaking, of the coach advocating the beautiful game. Not to mention his pretty face for the media, unlike the boor Sarri.
But in the end, they may be more and more numerous in Turin to regret the predecessor of the 2006 world champion. Indeed, after lifting nine consecutive Scudetti, Juve were stripped of their crown. Breaking an impressive current series sounds bad, but it’s part of the law of sport. On the other hand, to be in fifth place in the Serie A standings three days from the end and therefore to be virtually deprived of the Champions League next season, there is really a mess. More than ever in the hot seat, Pirlo is given starting for 90% of observers.
Pirlo is not afraid
Maintained in office until the end of the season, the former midfielder must face a huge wave of criticism, especially after the slap received against AC Milan (0-3). Present in front of the media, the latter initially recalled that he did not intend to throw in the towel. “I’m not afraid, I only think about the good of Juventus which is more important than anything. Then the results will tell if I will still be the coach of Juventus, but Juve comes first, before the players and the coaches. “
Ready to take on the final toll of his first season as a Serie A coach, Pirlo however explained that he had not been varnished during this so special season. “I adapted for internal reasons, including with injuries and the Covid-19. I was never able to field the same starting XI because I never had the same players available. I adapted to all the circumstances and so each game has become different to prepare and plan. Maybe at the beginning we have an idea and then we adapt with what we have. The coach must do everything to ensure that the players give the best of themselves, no matter what their starting point is. You have to adapt to the characteristics of the players. “ And obviously, Pirlo did not succeed.