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Juventus could look to Dionisi and Giuntoli

Juventus could look to make a dramatic shift in ideas and tactics if Max Allegri were to leave, targeting Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli and Sassuolo coach Alessio Dionisi. The Bianconeri suffered their first exit from the Champions League group stages in 9 years, losing four of their five matches.

La Gazzetta dello Sport report that for the moment, the club have confirmed Allegri will remain in charge of the club, but the failure to qualify to the last 16 is weighing heavily, both on a sporting and economic level.

Should the club fail to qualify for next years Champions League, Gazzetta suggest a ‘storm’ will be unleashed that would ‘threaten to sweep everyone away, including Allegri.’

Almost all the transfer market choices, which were agreed upon by both the coach and club, have seemingly only had a negative impact on the season. Plus there are the injuries, which have become too frequent and seem to be entirely muscular (9), that cast a shadow on the preparation.

Gazzetta suggest that there are a number of problems that Allegri will have to account for, including the team’s poor physical condition and some not very understandable choices, such as Arek Milik being left on the bench for three matches in a row or the debutant Federico Gatti preferred over Daniele Rugani in a delicate Champions League game.

Allegri is not thought to be at risk the moment and the closest scenario to reality is that a seperation could take place in June if the minimum goal (fourth place) is not reached. The Livorno tactician still has five games until the World Cup break: should he also fail to make it to the Europa League and lose more games, he could be at risk of exclusion in the mid-winter break.

In the meantime, the club are looking to the future, with the goal of strengthening the management team, flanking Federico Cherubini with a Sporting Director: in pole position is Cristiano Giuntoli and the club could also invest in senior managers.

A possible replacement for Allegri is also being studied: the strong suggestion is Antonio Conte, who has not yet renewed with Tottenham (his contract expires in 2023).

Alternatives include Tomas Tuchel or an up-and-coming Italian coach like Alessio Dionisi, who knows how to work with young players , has good ideas and ‘Lo Stile Juve.’

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