5 Reasons Why Massimiliano Allegri Will Not Succeed at Juventus
Massimiliano Allegri was surprisingly brought in at Juventus after Antonio Conte left on his own terms.
The appointment caused plenty of confusion as well as fan disappointment, with many questioning how the team could keep up their sparkling domestic form with someone like Allegri at the helm.
Of course, the bad memories came from Milan's last few seasons with him in charge. Allegri won the Scudetto in his first year with the Rossoneri, only to get progressively worse over the following seasons.
However, it's important to note the Italian lost both Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who were sold to Paris Saint-Germain. Rebuilding was always going to be difficult after that.
Nevertheless, here are five reasons why Max Allegri will not succeed at Juventus.
Allegri Is in a Tricky Situation
Allegri's situation at Juventus is a bit tricky. Anything worse than a Scudetto will be considered a massive failure. After all, the club won three in a row under Antonio Conte.
Conte was an excellent motivator, which is one of the main reasons why Juventus had so much success domestically. It's possible that he left because he also knows that winning a fourth in a row will be an unenviable task, especially with the way Roma has been strengthening this summer.
If the Bianconeri fail to defend the Scudetto, only a great surge in the Champions League would deem Allegri's first season a success.
Conte switched to the 3-5-2 formation early in his tenure, an unorthodox setup that isn't used as much outside of Italy but has become increasingly popular in recent seasons.
With this tactical formation, Juventus went on their famed 49-match undefeated streak, capturing the hearts of many and gaining worldwide recognition.
Allegri is set on a 4-3-3, which means that the usual steely defense of Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci will have to be separated. Expect Bonucci to be benched as the experienced Patrice Evra takes up the left-back role, leaving Barzagli and Chiellini as the pair in the middle.
This also means that Carlos Tevez has to drift out wide, possibly keeping him further away from goal as Fernando Llorente roams around in the box.
The Awkward Andrea Pirlo Situation
Even though numerous sources, including Tuttosport (via Football Italia), claim Allegri and Andrea Pirlo have settled their differences, it's still an awkward situation for both.
It was Allegri who infamously benched Pirlo and considered him surplus to requirements at Milan, preferring three more defensive-minded midfielders in the center of the park instead of the deep-lying playmaker.
This was the reason why Pirlo left Milan and joined Juventus, a place where he has resurrected his career in a way no one could have ever imagined.
Since coming over from Milan, Pirlo has led Juve to three Scudetti and also taken the Italian national team to the final of Euro 2012. His form has been the key reason why La Vecchia Signora was able to achieve so much in recent times.
The Potential Sale of a Superstar Looming
It's possible that the right offer could tempt club president Andrea Agnelli to sell his Chilean superstar and continue filling depth in key positions.
The fact that Juve have signed two midfielders—Roberto Pereyra and Romulo—suggests an exit could be looming.
Unfortunately, there really isn't a replacement who could truly fill the shoes of Vidal. He's a box-to-box midfielder who can play five different positions and score in the double digits every season, as well as create and defend.
Allegri will have it even harder if a player of this caliber were to depart.
Aging Stars in a Number of Positions
Three of the most important players on Juve's roster—Andrea Pirlo, Andrea Barzagli and Gianluigi Buffon—are entering the twilight of their careers.
These players are in their mid-30s and might have a hard time performing to their fullest in yet another busy campaign for their club.
Andrea Pirlo has been the most vital component of the Bianconeri style, spreading the play and always looking for his teammates' runs to hit with a perfectly timed pass.
However, he's on the decline, and it will be hard for him to continue to be an influence on a weekly basis.
Allegri is in a difficult situation. He's replacing a man who was a master motivator and probably one of the main reasons why Pirlo has had this late-career surge under his tutelage.