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When Massimiliano Allegri left Juventus in May 2019, he left behind a record-breaking legacy. The manager won the Serie A title in each of his five seasons in charge, achieved four straight league and cup doubles, and reached two Champions League finals, consolidating Juve’s place as the top dog of Italian football.
But since returning to Turin in 2021, following two years out of a job, the Italian coach has been unable to recapture the magic of his first spell, finishing 16 points adrift of champions Milan last term with the club’s worst points tally in over a decade, and beginning the new campaign in horror form. The Bianconeri have recorded more red cards (3) than wins (2) from their opening nine games in all competitions, rank 12th in Serie A for expected goals, and have lost the first two games of their Champions League group for the first time in their history. A 1-0 loss to Monza, who are playing in Serie A for the first ever time, had yet to win this season, and had Raffaele Palladino taking charge of his first ever senior game as manager, has only compounded this early season misery.
Unsurprisingly, pressure is now mounting on the Juve boss, with concerns over his ability to turn the side’s form around and match his rivals tactically. Meanwhile, the fact he signed a four-year contract on returning, worth a reported €9million per year, has led to fears that the club simply cannot afford to get rid of him. But has the legendary coach, who just last year was tipped for the Real Madrid job, really fallen behind his peers in the Italian game? On today’s EFD Explained, we’re going to take look.
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