TURIN. – Juve is wrong, unrecognizable for how the club, coach and fans had imagined it, and the hot potato is up to the board of directors of the Juventus club which will meet in the coming days to examine the 2021/22 balance sheet.
There will not be only to analyze the accounts, with a loss of around 250 million euros, as the president of Exor John Elkann has proposed in recent days. The current crisis is also pouring on the table, casting long shadows, with the fans more and more discontented and fierce. Accustomed to winning, they can no longer wait for the raise.
The change of course is urgent because leaving the stage in the Champions League would be another very serious blow, also on a financial level, not to mention the exclusion from the next edition of the most prestigious European Cup, if Juventus ever ends up behind first four in the league.
This time it’s not just the game that’s missing, there’s an identity problem. In the Champions League, the position is very delicate – zero points after two games, with Chelsea and Benfica with full points – in the league the bianconeri navigate in the middle of the table, with a balance sheet of only two wins, compared to 4 draws and one defeat.
The hypothesis of exonerating Allegri, who has a contract until 2025, was branded as “madness” – yesterday, before the Monza disaster – by the managing director Maurizio Arrivabene. But not everyone in the club would be of the same idea, also because a sporting failure this season could cost more in the long run than a new coach to pay in addition to the contract – 7 million a year plus 2 bonuses – to be paid to Allegri.
So far the president Agnelli has always trusted the current coach. The problem is that the poor figure of Monza, a defeat with little play and not even the shadow of that character that in the good years had made the team re-emerge from the most difficult situations, has amplified problems and doubts, when everyone at Juventus was expecting a reaction.
A big disappointment was given by Di Maria, a potential leader who was instead kicked out of the field for a reaction, to the suffocating marking of Izzo, which the Argentine himself defined as “disproportionate”. An error that convinced him to publicly apologize, on social media; tomorrow, however, the sting of the sports judge could arrive.CopyAMP code.
The alibis do not hold up, even if the absences continue to be important, especially those of Chiesa and Pogba, but – at least for those observing from the outside – Allegri no longer seems to convey that feeling to the team that led the Bianconeri, in the first cycle. with the Tuscan coach, to 5 consecutive league titles and two Champions League finals, as well as successes in the Italian Cup and Italian Super Cup.
“One or two years to go back to winning the Scudetto”, said the coach in the middle of last season, when the exclusion of the Bianconeri from the fight for the tricolor became clear. But at the dawn of this year Allegri had hoped to shorten the time: “There is a duty to win again”, his proclamation. The return of Pogba and Di Maria’s blow had perhaps deluded, both had difficulties and the French, also distracted by sad personal events, it is not yet known when he will return and in what spirit.
Now, with the break for the national teams, Allegri has no choice but to reflect, the full squad will only have it back on the eve of the match against Bologna. When – if there have been no twists – he will have all the guns pointed at him.
(by Renato Botto / ANSA).