Prandelli and Lippi at Juventus Would Be a Blessing
After a promising start to the season, the much-hyped Juventus slipped dramatically from second to fifth in the table.
Needless to say, even with Ciro Ferrara's sacking and the arrival of Alberto Zaccheroni, things are not going to get back to normal anytime soon. The problems at Juventus are not restricted to the coaching staff or the players.
The team is full of good players, but there is no chemistry, no team spirit, and the absence of the winning mentality is crystal clear.
Surely there are many buys that cannot be explained, as Tiago, Sergio Almiron, Cristian Poulsen, and Domenico Criscito cannot be compared to the players who brought glory to the trophy cabinet at the Turin-based club.
But still, the team has the potential to compete for the Serie A title and should show its quality by going through the Champions League Group Stage.
Reports had suggested that Marcello Lippi could be in-line for a return to Juventus as club president, and Cesare Prandelli would be on top of his list of candidates to be hired as the new coach.
Lippi is a legend at Juventus and has had extraordinary success as a manager. His deep football knowledge and strong character would be crucial to rebuild the Turin club's reputation as a world-class side.
Lippi, the current Italy manager, would replace Jean-Claude Blanc, who has been living in the shadow of Luciano Moggi's success at Juventus. Blanc has turned into a hated figure in Turin.
Meanwhile, Prandelli is a manager who knows how to work from scratch.
He has built a confident and young Fiorentina with limited cash that was able to kick the mighty Liverpool out of the Champions League to qualify for the Second Round of the competition.
With his last two success stories being Parma and Fiorentina, Prandelli can hypothetically do much more with cash injections from the wealthy Turin club, as opposed to the cash-strapped clubs he previously managed in his career.
If the reports are true and Prandelli is eying a new challenge at the highest level, then Juventus would be blessed to have Lippi and Prandelli, two of the finest Italian coaches of the modern era, work together for the future.
Juventus would be entering a new phase in their history if the pair work side-by-side at the Olimpico. Patience would be the key, though; Prandelli shouldn't be under-pressure to win anything for two, three years.
Prandelli would be able to deliver, provided that he is given the right amount of time to build a new Juventus for the future.
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