As Gennaro Gattuso wheeled away in celebration on Saturday night, the AC Milan midfielder inflicted a third consecutive defeat for Juventus, making it seven losses in the last thirteen games for the Bianconeri. It's very easy to blame it all on the coach, but when you fail to record a single shot on goal, is that just bad tactics or a bitterly poor performance from the players? The question everyone is asking is: 'Should Del Neri go?'
I simply could not make the call. For fans who have never been pro-Del Neri, calls for his head were predictable. However, those who look back to the wins against Inter not so long ago, and victory at San Siro against Milan earlier in the season, will point to signs of promise which are unfortunately pushed to the background by a lack of consistency.
What strike's as most peculiar is the view the Juventus hierarchy takes on the performances. Both Del Neri and director Beppe Marotta labelled the performance against Milan as 'an improvement'. This leaves me with two options. 1. They are watching a different Juventus to us all or 2. They are in fact Torino fans in disguise. My 2 year-old nephew could tell you that there was no improvement in what could only be described as a Monday morning Milan training session at times with the ease the likes of Mark Van Bommel dictated the play. Granted, Milan possess a much stronger squad than Juve, but arguably so do Inter who fell to defeat in Turin, so what's the problem? 'Consistency is not our DNA' says Del Neri. Well Signor Del Neri, I would recommend speaking to a scientific genius pretty sharpish to rectify the problem otherwise you may find yourself out of a job.
Nevertheless, it appears for the time being that Del Neri will continue to sit in the managerial hotseat, but with former Juve heroes such as Antonio Conte and Gianluca Vialli being linked with a return to Turin, how much longer can the former Sampdoria coach hold on? He appears to have the support of the club and the players, whether the same can be said for the fans, is up for debate.
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