After Juventus lost 1-0 to newly promoted Monza in Serie A last weekend, #Allegriout has started to surface on social media. It sure feels as if the tide is turning against an experienced manager.
It is becoming increasingly clear that both the squad and the board of directors are losing faith in the Italian coach and a meeting is scheduled this weekend as Juventus fight to save the season at this early stage.
According to reports, there is an agreement between club president Andrea Agnelli and the rest of the club’s hierarchy to await the results of the board meeting before making any decision on Allegri’s future.
The Juventus team and board are starting to lose faith in coach Massimiliano Allegri
However, the main snag is that it would cost Juventus £39m to sack the 55-year-old and his staff, and then around £30m more to hire a replacement.
Allegri’s reputation as a defensive-minded coach made Juventus an easy side to play against and no longer feared.
Big passes are played with horizontal passes between Bonucci, Danilo and Bremer in defense. The midfield is slow and doesn’t demand the ball and the attack lacks courage and creativity.
As Serie A becomes a division that is more interested in attacking, Juventus are in danger of being left behind. Against Sampdoria, Monza and Fiorentina, the old lady embodied their title and seemed completely out of ideas.
Veteran defender Bonucci was left on the bench against Monza. But why did Allegri dismiss the team’s most experienced player in a match in which Juve played like a little white rabbit being chased by a hunter in the countryside?
The old lady suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to newly promoted Monza in Serie A last weekend
Veteran defender Leonardo Bonucci has always had a fractured relationship with Allegri
Relations between the duo have always been fraught, and his choice as a replacement may have been a punishment for Bonucci for suggesting that Juventus “deserve boos” after losing to Benfica in the Champions League last week.
Allegri’s look is that of a walking dead man. He seems oblivious to any of his shortcomings as a coach that are obvious to all.
Juventus players don’t seem to listen to him and the training seems to be lacking in intensity. Whenever the club posted training videos on social media, there were many comments about the lack of effort in the show.
Bremer and Dusan Vlahovic are shadows of the players Juventus thought they might have signed him, but manager Pavel Nedved fears he will see his £96m spent in vain. The husband’s suffering is troubling and even Philip Kostek plays like a goldfish in a shark tank.
None of the new deals started off well and Allegri spends eighty percent of matches chanting “halma” (keep calm) from the sidelines.
Dusan Vlahovic appears in the shadow of the player who signed Juventus from Fiorentina in January
“The problem is not that Juventus lose because that could happen,” said club legend Claudio Marchisio. However, losing to Monza without a shot on goal, there is a complete disconnect between the team, the coach and the club.
With a strong team, you can have your say up to 10 guys. This Juventus team doesn’t know how to play and that’s worrying.
Juventus have finished seventh in Serie A before, but no one said it was “disturbing” – and yet that’s the word Leonardo Bonucci used. If you look at Dusan Vlahovic, he hasn’t improved at all since his arrival from Fiorentina.
The season has basically been split into two parts this year, so I hope they don’t have to wait for a break in the season to change coach. It is a very sensitive situation.
Even during the good times under Allegri, he was still at odds with the players and was criticized for his negative tactics.
Allegri has often been criticized for his increasingly outdated defensive tactics
The incident with Carlos Tevez was in Allegri’s first year with Juventus. He replaced the Argentine striker four minutes before the remaining first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.
As he walked off the field, Tevez shouted “Cajun” (a coward) to Allegri – who tried to calm him whispering other words into the coach’s ear.
Recently, Denis Zakaria criticized Allegri’s defensive style of play following his departure to Chelsea on loan.
“It’s hard to predict what happened,” said the Swiss midfielder. Blake. Maybe it wasn’t my football style. The team played very low, I didn’t have much space, while I am a player who needs a lot of space to run. The Premier League could suit me better.
“But with the team they have, they can do a much better job. Juventus should always be at the top of the table and win 3-0 in all matches. Allegri has had great results, but I didn’t talk to him often.
Zakaria’s words show the complete absence of personality and aggressiveness in an unstoppable team, which is forced to play with the tactical mindset of a team from the 80s.
Matthijs de Ligt and Denis Zakaria Allegri have been questioned since leaving Juventus
Matthijs de Ligt also left Juventus in the summer to join Bayern Munich. He admitted that his “philosophy” was not in line with Allegri’s and that his new club was more ambitious.
“I really enjoyed my time at Juventus, but I felt it was time for a new challenge,” De Ligt told NOS while on international duty with the Netherlands.
“Juventus is a great team, but coming here was another step for me, because Bayern has the ambition to win the Champions League. I didn’t understand that at Juventus. Bayern Munich is closer in philosophy to what the Dutch team wants on the field.”
No wonder why Delight walked out the door. Maybe Allegri will be next.
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