Andrea Pirlo says his future at Juventus doesn’t depend on being in the top four
Andrea Pirlo believes that qualifying for the Champions League won’t be the deciding factor in deciding whether Juventus decide to keep him as coach for next season.
To place in the top four, the Turin club must win their last match in Bologna on Sunday and hope that AC Milan or Napoli lose points in their matches against Atalanta and Hellas Verona.
Failure to reach the top European football club competition would be a huge disappointment for Juve, who have won nine consecutive league titles before this season, and the situation has led to speculation about replacing Pirlo.
“I don’t think the club will decide based on what happens tomorrow. I think they have an idea of what has been done during the season, what has gone right and wrong,” said Pirlo said at a press conference on Saturday.
“They don’t make decisions on the basis of the last game or a single result. It’s up to them to decide and we’ll see what happens.
“I like doing this job, it’s normal that I reconfirm my position because I like having this adrenaline and this pressure.
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“You must feel the blood running through your veins and I want to continue working with this team and this club.”
Juventus travel to Bologna with confidence after beating Atalanta on Wednesday in the Coppa Italia final.
It marked a third straight win for Pirlo’s side since a 3-0 loss to AC Milan earlier in May threatened to derail their first four prospects.
“We believe. We were dead and buried after the Milan game, but we got our act together. We did it ourselves, but the results of the other team also brought us back to life,” Pirlo said. .
“We have to think about ourselves first, look to play a great game and win, and then see what other people are doing.”
Pirlo also addressed media speculation that Cristiano Ronaldo could leave Juventus if he does not reach the Champions League.
“I still see him wearing a black and white shirt and focused,” he said.
“He showed it the other night by making sacrifices and chasing because he wanted to win the cup.”