Tuesday January 19 2021
Tacchinardi: 'Juve must avoid a delicate situation'

Former Juventus midfielder Alessio Tacchinardi said a ‘red light’ has been lit for coach Andrea Pirlo and that the Bianconeri ‘must turn it off immediately’.

The Old Lady get a chance to bounce back against Napoli in the Supercoppa Italiana on Wednesday, and the 45-year-old highlighted Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘sarcastic grimace of surrender’ in the 2-0 defeat to Inter on Sunday.

“If anyone comes out with doubts, it’s hard,” Tacchinardi told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “First of all, you need to find the key to Ronaldo, because I didn’t like Cristiano’s smile after Inter’s 2-0 goal.

“It seemed like a sarcastic grimace of surrender. I played with the best, like Ibra, and the convey everything: happiness, determination, but also tension.

“You can lose, but that’s not the case with Juventus. A red light came on for the coach and the club. It must be turned off immediately in the Supercoppa Italiana tomorrow, otherwise it becomes a delicate situation.”

The former midfielder, who played 404 games with the Bianconeri between 1994 and 2007, said he expects ‘more of the Juve spirit’ from players like Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot.

“Ramsey and Rabiot arrived to make the leap in quality but it never came. I would like to see a little more of the Juve spirit of from them.

“We have seen little from Arthur [Melo] and [Dejan] Kulusevski needs to find more stability.”

Juventus are fifth in Serie A after 17 games, seven points behind Inter with one game in hand.