Claudio Ranieri is surprised to see Max Allegri’s Juventus struggling so much not just in results, but performances. ‘The players look scared, they have no joy in their football.’
The Bianconeri are in a deep crisis after losing both Champions League games against PSG and Benfica, then scraping only two wins, four draws and a defeat to Monza in Serie A.
“What you can tell from the outside is that the Juve players have no joy in their football, they look scared,” commented former Juventus, Napoli, Inter, Roma, Chelsea and Leicester City coach Ranieri at an event.
“It is honestly strange to see one of Allegri’s sides look like this, but it’s always difficult to judge from the outside.”
There were reports today that Pavel Nedved had tried to sack Allegri following the shock defeat to newly-promoted Monza, but was blocked by President Andrea Agnelli.
It would not be the first time these two branches of the club have clashed over strategy, as Nedved and at the time director Fabio Paratici pushed for Allegri’s dismissal in favour of Maurizio Sarri and then Andrea Pirlo, before the tactician was brought back last summer.
Last season, the Old Lady finished without a single piece of silverware for the first time in a decade, losing the Final of the Supercoppa Italiana and the Coppa Italia.