ALVISE CAGNAZZO: Without Champions League football, EVERYONE at Juventus is for sale with free agent Adrien Rabiot and £80m Dusan Vlahovic both Premier League bound… but boss Massimiliano Allegri is too expensive to sack
- It’s been a week to forget for Juventus after a string of issues on and off the pitch
- The Old Lady were handed a 10-point deduction after a court hearing in Italy
- Less than half an hour after that, they were thumped 4-1 by minnows Empoli
Juventus are living a nightmare at the moment, both on and off the pitch. Just 15 minutes before their 4-1 loss to Empoli on Monday, the Old Lady discovered they had received a 10-point deduction following a ruling by the Federal Court.
The substantial sanction has all-but ended their hopes of playing in the Champions League next season and, in turn, has put a huge dent in the club’s income statement – which will now lose over £44million (€50m) in the next financial year.
The Turin club, right now, are much like the Titanic. The squad’s players are like the violinists playing on deck, standing around and simply waiting for the ship to sink. There is nothing worse than an era being defined by sanctions off the pitch – as opposed to the team’s performances on it – and Massimiliano Allegri reiterated that.
Speaking after their game, he said: ‘It’s a lack of respect. That’s enough! Starting the team in this situation would be cowardly, we mustn’t find alibis or excuses, we are Juventus. The fact remains that we scored 69 points on the pitch.
‘It wasn’t an easy situation and in the last two games, the psychological aspect will be fundamental. A quarter of an hour before the match we were second, then we found ourselves at 59 points’.
Juventus dropped from 2nd to 7th after being handed a 10-point deduction on Monday
WITHOUT EUROPE ALL PLAYERS ARE FOR SALE
Without a place in Europe next year, which seems incredibly likely now, the Old Lady will be forced to listen to all offers for their players. The club lack a charismatic figure who can assert his political weight over the players – many of whom have little interest in renewing their expiring contracts.
The automatic renewal of Alex Sandro’s deal – which is expected to be completed soon – had been seen as Allegri committing an economic suicide.
The Italian’s stubbornness to deploy the Brazilian in the back-three, to the detriment of Daniele Rugani and Federico Gatti, means Juve will fork out £5.2million (€6m) next year.
If Juventus had had a charismatic figure in charge, this would not have happened and Alex Sandro would have seen the pitch with binoculars from the stands.
Furthermore, Brazilian defender Bremer, who joined from Torino for £45million in summer, could become an attractive option for a number of English sides.
There will, however, be a number of players who are considered as fundamental by the supporters and, without them, would spark an end to Juventus’ dominance.
Late on in their loss to Empoli, Juventus fielded all of their attacking talents and, from that, Federico Chiesa scored their only goal in the match.
Chiesa is a player that Allegri has opted to play at wing-back in the majority of matches this season. It’s a decision that will make the ownership question their attacking strategy over the last two years.
Defender Alex Sandro is close to signing a contract extension with the Serie A giants
VLAHOVIC AND RABIOT READY TO MOVE TO PREMIER LEAGUE
Juventus’ problems seem to keep stacking up and, ahead of the summer window, it could get even worse for the Italian giants – with two top players likely to leave.
Adrien Rabiot’s current deal expires on June 30 and certainly won’t be getting renewed before it runs out.
The French star had been linked with a move to Man United but now will get to pick his destination as a free agent.
His departure means that the Red Devils could secure Rabiot’s signing without having to pay a single penny to Juventus.
There is also Dusan Vlahovic. The Serbian sealed a £62million move to the Allianz Arena in summer yet could already be on his way out, despite claims from Juventus chiefs.
Juventus CEO Francesco Calvo told DAZN: ‘Vlahovic is not for sale.
‘In this period there is too much talk about the market and there is too much unnecessary noise’.
Calvo will be saying all that he can in order to ensure Juventus get the best results from their last two league games but the fact of the matter is that the Old Lady are a sinking ship.
Serbian forward Dusan Vlahovic could be set for a move to the Premier League in summer
ALLEGRI WOULD HAVE ALREADY BEEN FIRED WITHOUT HUGE CONTRACT
Allegri may be a self-confessed chess lover but, right now, it seems as though he’s put Juventus in checkmate.
The 55-year-old had proclaimed himself to be the man to lead the club until the end of his deal, which still has two years until it expires, which is somewhat true.
The main issue, for Juventus, is that they do not have the necessary financial resources needed in order to sack Allegri.
It would cost too much, given his salary of around £7million (€8m) for the next two years.
Despite the significant financial implications, there are reasons why Juventus are even considering that option. Allegri has weakened Vlahovic’s talent, weakened Fabio Miretti’s growth and got the tactical placement of Federico Chiesa wrong.
His backlash aimed at Wojciech Szczesny, over the keeper’s criticism of their Sevilla defeat, reveal the team’s problems and raise very critical questions about Allegri’s ability to be followed within the dressing room.
Szczensy is another great senator of the team who, today, has become a problem with his statements against the coach and his fluctuating performances.
Every team needs a leader but Juventus are clearly left without one. The Polish goalkeeper was seen as a senior player but his disapproval of the coach’s tactics speak volumes.
Juventus do not have the financial stability in order to justify sacking Massimiliano Allegri
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