Club Focus – Juventus – Does this mean we have to keep him?

You have to be good to be lucky or so the saying goes. Possibly for Inter who got away with positive refereeing decisions on Sunday but this saying doesn’t apply to the Bianconeri. An ugly win for the Old Lady and one most fans wish they didn’t achieve so as to hasten the departure of the non-Tactician that is Ciro Ferrara.


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This was far from the performance fans were expecting after players assured their followers that the winter break provided them with the rest needed to refuel their engines. Psychologically – nothing has improved. Felipe Melo was on the verge of a nervous breakdown in the middle and the amount of fouls and free-kicks conceded coupled with the yellow and red cards received proved that Juve are still left lacking in confidence and insecure on the pitch. We have come to understand that Melo cannot be the registra but at this moment in time, he cannot even handle the small tasks and this must have something to do with his psychological condition. Lest we forget the Brazilian is fairly new to stardom and excelled only under the tutelage of Cesare Prandelli, a father like Coach who nurtures his talents through encouragement and motivation. Barring tactics and positioning, Ferrara must comprehend that unless Melo feels like a winner, then he cannot perform as one. His extortionate price tag has proved a burden and until he learns to work past it with the belief of his Coach then he will never perform to the expected level.

As for Ferrara’s selections, it’s bewildering how he chooses to opt for a 4-4-1-1 formation without deploying a left winger. Furthermore, it’s frustrating that he played Claudio Marchisio, a player that excels in the middle, on the left. Understandably the starlet can manage wherever he’s positioned and will always assist his team but surely Ferrara’s job is to exploit his player’s skills and not hope they can get by wherever? Once more, the repetitive Sebastian Giovinco debate rears its head again. It’s truly perplexing how this sensation remains benched especially as he netted against Al-Ittihad and is probably the only player capable of making the left wing his own. At times his exclusion may be comprehensible due to his defensive frailties but with only two purely offensive players on the pitch, the Old Lady really could have done with an additional creative spark in the line-up. With the added absence of Alessandro Del Piero, another who marvelled in the friendly game but unfortunately has no place in this formation, the team lacked the much needed spark to score. The whole point of Diego’s purchase was to solve the team’s creativity problems but no player can assume full responsibility, especially not without the help of other creative players on the field to aid his genius.


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Cristian Molinaro’s departure has come as a late Christmas present to the fans but it seems odd that the Bianconeri have yet to dip into the transfer market. Surely this is a sign that Ferrara is indeed on his way out and that new arrivals will only come with the blessing of a new Coach. Everyday Nicola Legrottaglie proves why he is worthless and Fabio Grosso has far from fixed the defensive problems and now with the loan of Lorenzo Ariaudo, one has to wonder when Management are planning on buying real defenders who can keep up or risk Giorgio Chiellini’s early retirement due to exhaustion from defensive heroics.

Fans are desperately crying out for a spin of the revolving door and unfortunately, it seems only Guus Hiddink could sort out the mess that has enveloped this squad. Despite the ‘much needed’ break, Ferrara still remains clueless at defining the real problems of the team and furthermore is still incapable of bringing the best out of his players. Management made a terrible choice when they picked him for the job and it would have been an equally bad idea had they gone for Antonio Conte. Gian Piero Gasperini was right when he expressed his dismay at Milan and Juventus’ choice of hiring virtually novice Coaches – in Italy you should and must pay your dues before you assume the role of Tactician of a legendary club. And whilst Leonardo may have begun to perfect a thrilling Milan, no Milanista is truly confident of his ability to lead. To assume a big team, tactics are one thing but you need to know how to get past the negativity and master the players’ psychological condition. Conte has already walked out on Atalanta, realising that he cannot fulfil his desires. In his defence, few Coaches could do more for this team but it’s disappointing to see how willing he was to throw in the towel so quickly. So if Ferrara leaves, let’s not go for Conte, let’s think twice before betting on another Coach who is inexperienced at the top level.

Juventus Club Focus 2009/10

Week 1


Great expectations
– August 21, 2009

Week 2


When in Rome
– August 28, 2009


The decline and fall of the Roman Empire
– September 1, 2009


World Champions – One in, one out, one remembered
– September 4, 2009

International week (Georgia-Italy, Italy-Bulgaria)


Children should be seen, not heard
– September 7, 2009

Week 3


Diego lost to injury in victorious Roman repeat
– September 15, 2009


The reserves exposed
– September 18, 2009

Week 4


Transforming the formation
– September 23, 2009

Week 5


The cruel blow of lady injustice
– September 25, 2009

Week 6


Haunted by the ghost of last year’s defence
– September 29, 2009


We’re meant to be happy with one point?
– October 2, 2009

Week 7


Is it now time to be negative?
– October 6, 2009


Ferrara: public enemy #1
– October 9, 2009


Bad or just misunderstood?
– October 13, 2009


Let the bitterness commence
– October 16, 2009

Week 8


Oh Ferrara, will you ever learn?
– October 20, 2009


Ferrara, thank you for listening
– October 23, 2009

Week 9


Sampdoria will provide the real test
– October 27, 2009


Introducing the real Juve
– October 30, 2009

Week 11


Why are we not surprised?
– November 3, 2009


The many faces of Juve
– November 6, 2009

Week 12


A team of hyperboles
– November 10, 2009

Week 13


And we’re back
– November 20, 2009


Del Piero returns as subordinate players give encouraging displays
– November 24, 2009


Failure reverberates throughout the club
– November 24, 2009

Week 14


Is it all over?
– December 1, 2009

Week 15


Oh Lord, make our enemies ridiculous
– December 4, 2009


Destroy Bayern and we will really start to believe
– December 8, 2009

Week 16


Humiliation is the beginning of sanctification or so they say
– December 11, 2009


Sanctification is going to have to wait
– December 15, 2009

Week 17


Deliver us from disgrace
– December 18, 2009


Failure is not falling down, but refusing to get up
– December 22, 2009

Winter Break


Less talk and more action
– December 29, 2009


Change is all we wanted for Christmas
– January 5, 2010

Week 18


Does this mean we have to keep him?
– January 8, 2010

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