Massimiliano Allegri returns to Juventus to replace Andrea Pirlo

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Massimiliano Allegri is on the verge of returning to Juventus to replace the sacked Andrea Pirlo, less than two years after he was allowed to go. Since then, the Italian tactician has been without a job.

Massimiliano Allegri’s first era at Juventus started in the 2014-2015 season in which he set a European record of being the first and only coach in Europe’s top five leagues to win four consecutive doubles.

Despite winning five successive Italian Serie A titles, on 20 April 2019, Juventus announced that the Italian tactician has been sacked.

Though there was no official reason why Juventus allowed the 53-year-old Italian tactician to go in 2019, it was speculated that he was sacked because he failed to win the UEFA Champions League for the Italian giants.

Massimiliano Allegri
Massimiliano Allegri.

Massimiliano Allegri only managed to lead the club to the final of the UEFA Champions League twice but lost the prestigious title to FC Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.

Since he left the club in 2019, Juventus have had two football managers – Maurizio Sarri and Andrea Pirlo. Sarri managed to continue with Juventus’ culture of winning the Serie A title but could not take Juventus to the final of the Champions League.

But Andrea Pirlo who did not have any professional experience in coaching a top team before he was appointed to lead Juventus, could not sustain the culture. He failed to win Juventus’ 10th successive Italian Serie A title. He lost the title to Inter Milan and managed to qualify the team for next season UEFA Champions League.

Not only that, Pirlo who is regarded as a football legend at Juventus failed to lead the club to the final of the UEFA Champions League which the club aspires to win so urgently. It was so bad that the club didn’t go beyond the round of 16 stage of the competition in the outgoing season.

Hence, the fact that he helped Juventus to win the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana in his first and only season at the club, was not enough to keep him a bit longer.

The coming of Massimiliano Allegri is to ensure that Juventus continue to dominate Italian football and also tries to win the UEFA Champions League for the club.

Massimiliano Allegri returns to Juventus to replace Andrea Pirlo
Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.

Allegri’s return to Juventus could inspire Cristiano Ronaldo to remain a bit longer at the club except the coach decides not to work with the 36-year-old Portuguese football icon. Ronaldo still has a year left on his contract with Juventus and talks to extend his contract with the club have not been concluded.

However, there have been speculations that Ronaldo might leave the club this summer to either return to Manchester United or join Paris Saint Germain. But such speculation might be put on hold with the arrival of Massimiliano Allegri.