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If they do not offer a new deal to Pirlo, Juve would need to have a replacement who can play in the midfield and stamp his authority on the side in the manner that Pirlo does.
To orchestrate a team filled with gifted players and see the play several steps ahead of the opponent is something that will be difficult to replace.
There are suggestions that Pogba could slot into that deeper role and impose himself on the side, but in a different manner. Strikingly physical and able to glide past opponents, he will be able to keep the side ticking in a different fashion, perhaps adding more variety.
Although his range of passing is impressive, it is not close to the way that Pirlo sweeps the ball across the pitch, which creates the question as to whether he will ever be replaced.
Without any evidence that Conte will experiment with a different type of player at the base of the midfield, one would imagine that the manager will require a player in a similar mould.
It is probable that the Bianconeri will look to find this player in the market. Once this player is identified and signed, he will need time to adjust to a new system.
With Pirlo able to smooth out that transition, Juve will be far better equipped to sustain their dominance.