Pirlo has joined likes of Gattuso, Lampard, Gerrard and Thierry Henry in the business of coaching top flight clubs in the world.
Days after Maurizio Sarri led Juventus to lift the Serie A title, the ex-Chelsea coach got fired after the club was knocked out of the Champions League round of 16 by Lyon.
Why did Sarri get sacked by Juventus?
Fabio Paratici, Juventus chief had told Sky Sports Italia that the results and analysis which led to the dismissal of Sarri and his replacement with Pirlo is not dependent on the Lyon result.
“We had already made our evaluations before the Lyon result,” said Paratici. “We had already said, one game does not decide the future of a coach. Our evaluations were based on the whole season and not just a single match.”
Juventus signed Ronaldo in 2018 for the quality he brings to the team and the experience he holds for winning the UEFA Champions League title four times for Real Madrid. It is expected that a player of such calibre may likely gain as much attention as the coach.
Ronaldo has 48 goals out of 54 appearances in all competition this season with about 11 records broken this 2019-2020 season.
Definitely, Juventus were deliberate in bringing the 35-years old striker to their side not only as a match winner but a tactical and psychological approach to achieve an outing at the European competition (UEFA CL).
However, Sarri lost two domestic cup finals to Lazio and Napoli, feats that has been a pride for the Scudetto winners. Winning the league was not convincing due statistics that showed Juventus amassing the lowest number of points after a long time.
The chain of events that led to the removal of Sarri originated from the beginning of the season and not just the early exit from the Champions League.
It is also claimed Sarri’s public behaviour as a manager was also not appreciated by the hierarchy. As Juventus’ boss he was not a man of many words, especially with his players.
The pros in appointing Andrea Pirlo Juventus new manager
Juventus has appointed world class coaches who have continuously secured the domestic league title but failed to make their impact in the Champions League.
The likes of Ancelotti, Fabio Capello, Max Allegri Antonio Conte have not escaped the wrath of the club side over the decade for lack of Champions League achievement.
Therefore, the Juventus board deemed it fit to approach the issue by settling for a younger manager that will build the team spirit and champions mentality as Pep did during his days in Barcelona.
Similarly as with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for Manchester United, Mikel Arteta for Arsenal and Frank Lampard at Chelsea and they all achieved remarkable results in the just concluded season.
Pirlo probably played his best football during his four-year stay at Juventus between 2011 and 2015 and this characterizes his ability to instill quality and mentality of a midfielder into the team where Ronaldo is present.
“I need to explain to these lads what Juventus really means,” Pirlo said. “Anyone who plays against us will want to win even more and we must prove ourselves every time.”
Juventus Chief Fabio had this to say about Pirlo
“The decision for Pirlo was very natural, in the Juventus style, because he is someone who as we said just over a week ago played with us, has always been in contact with everyone here and it felt natural,” Paratici clarified.
“We also believe he is destined for greatness. He was as a player and we think with confidence he can do the same as a coach.
“Andrea has in his mind the same approach to coaching as he does when he played. That’s football of great quality and hard work. He wants to propose a certain type of football, the kind European teams are generally trying to follow, and he was very convincing in his explanation to us.”
This replacement happened after Pirlo was recently appointed as the U-23 Coach.