He has been passiona
te to point out his project is in its childhood , but after Juventus’ time went from poorly to worse as they fallen to fourth in Serie A after a 1-0 loss at ATALANTA on Sunday, endurance with coach Andrea Pirlo must be wearing thin. Following their early Champions
League exit last month – the second season in a row that JUVE have been injured out at the last-16 stage – things have also gone badly for Pirlo in Italy. In the six games since Porto ended their European dream, JUVE have lost at home to Benevento, been held to a draw by contest Torino, and have now yielded third spot to ATALANTA .
Pirlo had earlier accepted that a 10th serial Serie A title this time was incredible, repeating that confirming a top-four finish was the new target. But JUVE are now looking to Inter Milan for a favor, as should fifth-placed Napoli beat the league leaders on Sunday,
they will move level on points with Pirlo’s side, and threaten JUVE’S hopes of limiting for next time’s Champions League. Without the stricken Cristiano Ronaldo, JUVE looked looped of ideas in attack in Bergamo. Paulo Dybala, who has missed much of the time through hit ,
did make his first start for JUVE since early January, but he tired as the match wore on. ATALANTA qualified their win – a first success over JUVE for over 20 years – and are finding form at the right time.
“Often with Juventus we have come close to success,” coach Gian Piero GASPERINI said. “For us it is a very important win , a signal – this means that Juventus can also lose and that is great for bravery.
“For the purposes of Champions League qualification, this victory is not final , it will take more victories. It is an exciting (top four) race.” There is little time for JUVE to reorganize as they host Parma on Wednesday, and another bad result would heap more pressure on Pirlo.