The most successful football club in the history of Italian football looks exhausted this season with the Scudetto hopes all but gone, only the Europa League to compete for outside home, is conceivably the only reasonable chance of silverware this year. Juve is on the edge of precipice this year with a disappointing season after finishing as runners up last season.
The Old Lady definitely needs an age lift and all the fans must have thanked heavens after the sacking of Ciro however the cost was too much. After the early exit from UEFA Champion’s League and then crashing out of Coppa Italia against Inter, it was crystal clear that Ciro was not motivational enough for the boys at Turin and hence the firing was inevitable.
After watching the team losing to the Nerazzuris in the Coppa Italia, Juventus’ board finally realized the disorder the club was in, and came to a conclusion of replacing Ciro Ferrara which was actually inevitable after the poor string of results. But his successor who was speculated to be Rafael Benítez(Like who even wanted him at Juve except for the red society from Mersyside), turned out to be a man who had not managed a professional side since being sacked by Juve’s city rivals Torino in February 2007, Alberto Zaccheroni.
The successor’s past record being no better than the former, as Zaccheroni was fired by Il Toro after suffering defeats in 6 consecutive games. However Ciro’s sacking was no surprise after the results and more importantly lack of leadership by Ciro. It was obviously his legendary status when he was a player at the club that bought him the position of a manager but the flair was missing. Apparently he wasn’t lucky enough to have a squad like Chelsea had, when Avram Grant took over from Jose Mourinho. With so much pride at stake I wonder what’s wrong with the board members.
I have followed the club for many years and the situation has never been this weary. Coming to the players, with the exception of Alex Del Piero who has been rock solid in his performance and probably Chiellini who has been stable enough, none of the player manage to impress. With the ever so dependable Pavel Nedved having hung up his boots, Juve need a dependable midfielder desperately. They need someone who can occupy the midfield with as much authority as Nedved and before him Zidane did.
Diego was bought to do this but has till now failed to prove to the fans that he can fill the void left by Nedved the way Nedved eased into the team when Zidane left for Madrid. Melo has been an embarrassment getting nothing but cards(both yellow and red) for the club. Gigi has been ordinary which hurts me like anything, Camoranesi and Cannavaro need to take inspiration from Alex, Trezeguet needs to decide whether he wants to stay and perform for Juve, Grygera, Grosso, Giovinco need to come of age now. Amauri needs to understand that fame comes with performance and not by cashing-in on the controversies. I think he should be put on sale if he continues to miss those easy headers and lose balls cheaply despite his good built. Iaquinta has been invisible, so much so that I almost forgot he is still a part of our team.
Players and Managers are not the only concern for the club; the board room is full of charlatans too who promised a lot when they came but have failed to deliver anything. All in all, as we come to the end of this season, I can just hope for a miracle that can resuscitate the Old Lady before it’s too late to take our beloved club in the top 4 although we really don’t deserve it this season.