The troubles of Gennaro Gattuso at Napoli have won Andrea Pirlo’s sympathy, but the manager of Juventus says that he has his problems to remember.
Andrea Pirlo is sorry for his friend and former teammate Gennaro Gattuso, whose work is hanging by a thread ahead of Juventus hosting Napoli.
Sixth-placed Napoli welcomed the Serie A champions on Saturday, with rumors indicating that if they suffer an eighth top-flight loss, Gattuso’s spell as head coach might be over.
When asked about his future after his team was defeated 3-1 by Atalanta in their Coppa Italia semi-final on Wednesday, Gattuso came out in bullish fashion.
He maintained that it was the leadership of the club that had to address any questions about his future.
By beating Inter 2-1 on aggregate, Juve, meanwhile, reached the final, with Pirlo joking that he was now ‘Allegriano’ after deploying a defensive style in the 0-0 second-leg draw and their last victory over Roma in the league.
“It’s part of our job, but we are always minded to do our best,” Pirlo said of Gattuso. Games are critical, so there may likely be some tough moments.
I apologize for the situation with Rino, but I’ve got to think about my problems. We want to do well, and we want to try to win games.
Napoli will have their job cut out against Juve, their longest run since touching six in a row under Massimiliano Allegri in December 2018, who haven’t conceded a goal in three consecutive Serie A games.
Of returning to a style previously deployed at Juve by Allegri, Pirlo added: “By our choice, we faced Roma and Inter differently, but it doesn’t mean we’re always going to play like this.”
Depending on the opponent, these are my options, but the strategy remains the same – to command the game and press high.
“It’s not always possible to press high up the pitch, sometimes it is better to sit deep and let the opponents keep possession.”
With a game in hand, Juve sits seven points behind leaders Milan and Pirlo admitted that it might not take as many points as usual to win the Scudetto.