The Old Lady is too old

The Old Lady is too old

Juventus took seventh Scudetto in a row, despite the advanced football age of the players of the defensive line. Bianco-Neri overtook Napoli on the finish line of Serie A and topped the tournament table.

The Turin club was not perceived as the sole hegemon in the outgoing season. Napoli imposed battle on Allegri’s team which lasted until the penultimate round of the Italian championship. However, experience played a decisive role. Despite the defeat of the Neapolitans, Juventus got a strong-willed victory against Inter in the next round, defeated Bologna at Stadio Allianz and had a draw with Roma in the 37th round of the championship. The gap was four points, which Sarri’s team could not level.

It will not be easy for Juventus in the next season, because it is necessary to rejuvenate the roster. The average age of the Turin team is 30 years. The 40-year-old Buffon and thirty-seven-year-old Barzagli stand out from the list of players. Lichtensteiner is three years younger than the central defender and Chiellini is four years younger. Howedes is thirty, Marchisio is thirty two, Matuidi and Khedira are thirty one years old. Whereas in attack are Higuain and Mandzukic who are in their forties.

This week, Allegri stated that he does not intend to leave Juventus if the management entrusts him to stay on the post of head coach, "If I'm not fired, I will stay in Juventus for the next season. We should not talk about my decision about my own future now, but rather what will be the future of Juventus. As soon as we stop celebrating, we'll sit at and think it over with a clear head.

With the start of the next season, everything will start from scratch, and we will again have to prove that we are competitive.”

After Carlo Ancelotti and the Brazilian Leonardo from Milan, Allegri came to Rossoneri’s camp to rake down Augean stables. The first year the results were smooth. However, after the departure of experienced Thiago Silva, Alessandro Nesta, Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf, Andrea Pirlo, Ronaldinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Filippo Inzaghi results noticeably deteriorated. Similar squad changes await Juventus this summer.

With his work at San Siro Allegri showed that he does not fit the role of a reformer, coping excellently only with the post of a tactic. Four gold doubles in a row in Italy and two finals of the Champions League say a lot about the level of the coach. However, in Turin, Massimiliano carried out point enhancements and did not encounter problems similar to those that he had in Milan. The next season will be the litmus test of the Allegri’s professionalism as a reformer, but now there are prerequisites that the Italian will not be able to extend the Old Lady's hegemony for a banal reason - its age.