Friday April 16 2021
‘Gasperini ideal for Juventus’

Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo remains on the brink and former Old Lady’s striker Raffaele Palladino believes the Bianconeri should replace him with Gian Piero Gasperini.

Juventus are 12 points behind table leaders Inter and are likely to miss out on their tenth Scudetto in a row.

A top-four finish is not yet guaranteed as only three points are dividing them and fifth-placed Napoli with nine games remaining until the end of the season.

The Old Lady face Atalanta away on Sunday, with La Dea, who are just one point behind the Bianconeri in the table.

Could Gian Piero Gasperini replace Pirlo if the former midfielder is sacked by Juventus?

“He has his own method and a strong personality. He imposes himself when he joins a new club,” Palladino, a former Juventus striker, told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Gasperini coached Palladino at Crotone and in Juventus’ youth sector.

“I think he would be the ideal coach for players like [Federico] Chiesa and [Dejan] Kulusevski,” Palladino continued.

“I’ve been saying the same thing for six-seven years. Gasperini is ready for Juventus,” his former assistant Vincenzo Chiarenza added.

“His playing style is modern and would be perfect for so many Juventus players. Gasperini knows the environment really well and has everything to succeed in a club like Juventus.”

Gasperini spent almost ten years as a coach at Juventus' youth sector and was appointed Atalanta coach in 2016. He earned two successive top-four finishes with La Dea and is in race for a third one.