Andrea Pirlo calms down amid speculation about Juventus’ future
Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo insists he is unaffected by speculation about his future ahead of a crucial Serie A trip to Udinese on Sunday.
Italian media reported this week a link between former Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri and a comeback at the end of the season after a disappointing campaign for the Turin club.
“I’m fine, I spoke with the owners the other day which happens a lot and it’s not the first time. We talked a bit about everything. I’m calm about my job,” said Pirlo at a press conference on Saturday.
“I’m looking at the present. I’m the coach of Juventus and I’m happy to be here.
“I’m calm and focused on what to do. I have to bring this team to the Champions League and try to win Coppa Italia. I’m so focused on this that I don’t have time to read the papers.”
Pirlo’s side have been knocked out of the Champions League by Porto in the last 16 stages and face a battle to qualify for the best competition in European football next season.
A 1-1 draw against Fiorentina last weekend left Juventus in fourth place in Serie A, tied at 66 points with Napoli in third and AC Milan in fifth before their trip to Udinese, 11th Sunday.
Juve have won the last nine Serie A titles, but Pirlo has admitted his goal now is to finish in the top four that would secure Champions League qualification, as well as beat Atalanta in the Coppa final. Italia on May 19.
“There are five games left and 15 points remain to be won, plus the Coppa Italia final,” Pirlo said.
“It’s a delicate moment and we need to accumulate points to reach our Champions League goal.
“All games are important and we are focusing on tomorrow against Udinese.”