There is a cycle of events in every club’s existence which will define their legacy. This Juventus has become one of the most disastrous in recent history, and this summer will mark a pivotal moment as to what will be recorded in the history books in the years to come.
Juventini in Turin and beyond will be desperately searching for the solution to such a devastating predicament; however there is neither a one-man resolution nor a one-way answer to solve the troubles at the Stadio Olimpico. What is needed is a clear-out of epic proportion, starting from the top to bottom.
The first task will be to appoint a manager who can pick up from where Alberto Zaccheroni will leave the side, and restore all pride. The much-touted Cesare Prandelli would be an idyllic choice, a coach with confirmed qualities and unfinished business on the big stage. This approach would be the ideal foundation to build a squad upon, to assemble a side full of energetic, elegant and talented youngsters all with a bright future ahead of them and something to prove. Prime examples of such individuals include a rumoured summer signing, Giampaolo Pazzini. After being deemed surplus to requirements at Fiorentina, Pazzini has become Sampdoria’s top scorer and a sure-fire member of the Azzurri squad travelling to South Africa. His replacement, Alberto Gilardino fits into a similar mould, after leaving Milan he was judged a failure, yet he has now silenced the critics with his incredible goal scoring record.
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This is where the Bianconeri failed last summer. Instead of investing on such players, they chose to bring the likes of Fabio Cannavaro and Fabio Grosso back to Serie A. These two individuals added to an already aging squad, most of whom have achieved everything there is to achieve and are happy to play out their contracts. With players such as Jonathan Zebina, Nicola Legrottaglie, Hasan Salihamidzic to name but a few still playing a part in this squad, coupled with the at times infuriating attacking trio of Amauri, Vincenzo Iaquinta and Mauro Camoranesi who when fit have failed to make any real impact this season, there is no way forward. It is time to shed the old, and introduce a new ethos to the club. The question is, who would want to join a side engulfed in such a huge crisis.
Depending on the league standings come May, it will be imperative to Juve’s cause to hold on to key players such as Gigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Diego. Together with Claudio Marchisio, Sebastian Giovinco and others, they are the future of the club. It is around these individuals that Juve will be able to build a squad capable of challenging for major honours in the forthcoming seasons. However, if they fail to overcome their stubbornness, and the board members continue in this vein, then perhaps the absence of Juventus Football Club from the Champions League and even the Europa League will become a more regular fixture.