Fearful of missing out on Europe’s premier club competition, the Bianconeri are making contingency plans that could see them carry out a squad overhaul.
Juventus fans have come to the realization this season that they cannot take Serie A for granted. A title that has not left Turin for a decade now finally appears to be slipping away from the Italian champions’ firm grasp.
Questions were asked of the club’s decision to appoint Andrea Pirlo at the start of the season, and the manager hasn’t done anything of value to dissipate those doubts.
Failing to clinch the Scudetto wouldn’t be the worst of troubles for Juventus as a fear of something much worse lingers upon them – missing out on the Champions League. Juve sit at fourth in the Serie A standings tied, 12 points behind league leaders Inter Milan. They have amassed as many points as Napoli after 28 games but have the edge due to a better goal difference.
According to the Daily Mail, as a result, the club are making contingency plans should they fail to qualify for the Champions League.
The report states Juve have put their entire squad as well as the backroom staff on trial for the remainder of 2020-21. Pirlo’s future, of course, is in jeopardy.
Surprisingly, Cristiano Ronaldo could also be put up for sale if the Old Lady manage to do the ‘unthinkable’. Despite his red hot form, Ronaldo has been unable to influence his team’s fortunes in Europe or in Italy. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner might not tolerate a season not playing in Europe’s grandest club stage so late in his career.
Other players who could be deemed surplus to requirements are Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot, Paulo Dybala, Matthijs De Ligt, and Alvaro Morata. Chief football officer Fabio Paratici, meanwhile, could also face the axe.