With another terrible effort versus arch-rival Milan on Sunday evening, it's fair to say Juventus is in grave danger of missing a Champions League qualifying spot, and the highly anticipated coaching career of Andrea Pirlo was short-lived.
All indications are that he will be let go at the season's end unless Juve qualifies for the Champions League, which looks dim right now. How did this all happen?
To be fair Pirlo who was named under 23 team Coach then offered the job to coach Juve maybe was way over his head. But in all fairness, it wasn't his fault. He just didn't have the proper players in place, a game in and game out, and looked to Ronaldo to bail the team out day in and day out.
In years past, even when Juventus was playing poorly, they found a way to win but this year the team always gave up in matches with no fight and determination. Pirlo had 24 different lineups in there, as well as key injuries to Dybala most of the season, and when he did come back he was not effective.
The key was a bad midfield with no cohesion and no plan who were always waiting for Ronaldo Magic to rescue them. In most games, it never happened.
Juventus management is up in the air as well, with the Status of Andrea Agnelli and Pavel Nedved rumored to not return. It's time to clean the house and get back to the Juventus way. Time to get rid of the contracts of Rabiot, Ramsey, Alex Sandro to name a few, and especially Bernardeschi, to clear up money.
Depending on what the Old Lady does in the summer will depend if Ronaldo stays or goes.
El Maestro, you deserved better.