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It’s too late to tell Sara for a tired Juventus


In July 2020, Maurizio Sarri led Juventus to their ninth consecutive title – he was sacked two weeks later after losing to Lyon in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League. Two years later, the Old Signora are worse off under Massimiliano Allegra – now eighth in Serie A and refused to exit from the group stage of the Champions League.

Allegra’s return in May 2021 has been met with great optimism as the manager won 11 trophies in five years and two UEFA Champions League runners-up medals during his first spell in Turin from 2014-2019.

Allegra’s appeal and proven track record earned him an annual salary of A$14 million – the highest of any manager in Italy’s top division – but the investment has so far proved a failure.

The announced return has turned tragic, and with three years left to complete the 55-year-old’s mega-deal, the cash-strapped employer is faced with the dilemma of whether to pay off the contract and start over, or wait and hope things improve.

The Biancan faithful hope the increased spending will stop the rot, but the club’s financial strength has atrophied in recent years.

Juventus’ financial books make grim reading – no wonder chairman Andrea Agnelli remains adamant about a spin-off European Super League. In each of the last five seasons, “Old Signora” suffered significant losses. Most recently, $253.3 million in 2022-2023 and $209 million in the previous fiscal year.

Sarri was dropped by Juventus in 2020 and now he’s back, giving Lazio what his former employers desperately need – a carefully assembled team that plays wide, bold and energetic football.

At Lazio, Sarri’s side overwhelm the opposition with high pressing in defense and marauding full-backs in attack, given the right to bomb forward and have the likes of Ciro Immobile and Felipe Anderson in the box.

Sarri were undaunted as they travel to Bergamo to face unbeaten Atalanta on Monday despite missing star striker Ciro Immobile through injury, and bravery paid off in a deserved 2-0 victory.

Unlike Juve, Allegri is old school – pragmatic, based on possession and moderate, with an often stagnant buildup in attack. With Serbian goalscoring machine Dusan Vlahovic leading the line, Juve have still managed just 17 goals in 11 league games this season.

Juventus’ financial situation forced the club to be patient with Allegra, but it came too late, she should have moved on to Sarah.

For his part, the embattled manager famously said this season will be a tale of two halves. Before the World Cup and after the World Cup.

If Allegri is to keep his job, the half-time team talk should be good because his second half of the season should be magical.


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