Last season was rather surprising for Italian Giants Juventus, with the choice of club and football legend Andrea Pirlo as a coach, Juventus decided to move in a new direction of playing more expansive and attacking football to please their fans and players. However, like most experiments, bringing an inexperienced coach to a tactical league like Serie A did not pan out well, Juventus ended up conceding the title for the first time in 9 years to their archrivals Inter Milan, who were led to glory by ex Juve Manager Antonio Conte.
Despite losing out on the League title the old lady managed to snatch the other remaining domestic trophies but stumbled in the Champions League once again. While it seemed like Andrea Pirlo had done an acceptable job, Juventus hierarchy decided otherwise as they decided to bring back veteran manager Max Allegri to lead the team into the new season.
THE RETURN OF MAX
After 2 years Max Allegri is back at the helm at Juventus, bringing an instant sense of security and trust among the fans because he is one of the consistent managers in the recent history of Juventus.
In his 5 years of being in charge before being let go of in 2019, Max Allegri won the league every season with Juventus and the Coppa Italia for four straight years, he also led them to two champions league finals, only to lose out to his current Starman Cristiano Ronaldo and his archrival Lionel Messi. With Allegri back and taking care of the things again, we can expect a much more disciplined Juventus next season and a team that is much more tactically drilled than they were under the likes of Sarri and Pirlo.
STYLE OF PLAY
Max Allegri is known for playing pragmatic yet effective football, his formations vary from a 3-5-2 to a 4-2-3-1. The identity of his style of play is rather different than from someone like Sarri, who likes to play fast and direct football and dominating play inside the opponent’s half. We expect to see much of the same this season unless there is a change of mentality in Max Allegri’s identity and tactics after a two-year stint without managing any team. The most important thing which Allegri would bring to the table is the winning mentality which was incorporated in the players during his last stint as Juventus Manager.
Allegri has been brought back to Juventus to carry out a rebuild while being able to make the team win trophies, which is why his focus will be more on developing young talents like Chiesa and De Ligt while making sure that he gets the best out of Paulo Dybala this season, especially after the Argentine suffered from injury problems last season. Allegri would also have to deal with Cristiano Ronaldo, someone who has been the only ray of hope for Juventus, his future remains unclear, but with more possibility of him staying, Allegri will certainly look to get the best out of him for at least another season.
Along with these star names, it will be down to Allegri to fix a struggling and rigid Juventus midfield by bringing in the Likes of Manuel Locatelli and making sure that the Left Back position has ample competition by giving young Luca Pellegrini the chance to compete with Alex Sandro.