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Allegri return discussions begin as Pirlo’s Juventus tenure could be coming to an end

Allegri return discussions begin as Pirlo’s Juventus tenure could be coming to an end

Juventus fatigue to blame

It’s been continuous trouble of late for Juventus, after being eliminated from the Champions League thanks by Porto, before a shock loss in Serie A to Benevento. This was followed by the Turin derby ending in a stalemate thanks to a 79th-minute Cristiano Ronaldo equaliser on Saturday.

Head coach Andrea Pirlo said that he was ‘not happy’ with his side at present, but reiterated the fact that hard work is needed for things to improve.

“Obviously I’m not happy when we don’t win and we’re dropping lots of points. We have to work hard on occupying the space better and finding more options between the lines,” he said.

Allegri return discussions begin as Pirlo’s Juventus tenure could be coming to an end

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 10: Paul Pogba (L) of Juventus celebrates his goal with Andrea Pirlo of Juventus during the match between the A-League All Stars and Juventus at ANZ Stadium on August 10, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)

However, an element of excuse seeped into the Italian’s explanation for the defeat, as Pirlo blamed tiredness.

“We’ve played lots of games so it’s natural for a bit of fatigue to creep in but we can’t let that happen,” said the Juve boss.

Pirlo’s time ending

Due to their derby loss, Juventus now sit in fourth position in Serie A, on the same number of points as fifth-placed Napoli. There is all the possibility in the world that Juventus could now even miss out on Champions League football next season.

This has led to inevitable suggestions that Andrea Pirlo could be sacked as the Turin-based club’s boss, with reports having begun to emerge from Italian media sources that former manager Massimiliano Allegri could return.

Tuttosport journalist Guido Vaciago claims ‘discussions’ have been held regarding a dramatic return for the former Juve and AC Milan boss, to help the club secure fourth.

10 games remain in  Serie A, and Juve play Napoli on Wednesday, which could prove a decider in the race for the top-4. The Bianconeri must also play Atalanta, Sassuolo, Milan and Inter Milan before the end of the campaign.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.