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Pirlo not panicking at Juventus amid Allegri return talk
Andrea Pirlo is facing serious questions over his future at Juventus, but he insists he is not distracted by the rumours.Allegri, who stepped down in 2019 after winning five Serie A titles in a row with the Bianconeri, is reportedly the leading contender to take over should Pirlo be dismissed.
Andrea Pirlo claimed Cristiano Ronaldo was happy to be substituted with 20 minutes remaining of Juventus' pulsating 3-2 win over champions Inter in the Derby d'Italia on Saturday.
The Portuguese superstar – who slotted home the opener after his penalty was saved – was withdrawn for Alvaro Morata with the Bianconeri leading 2-1 after Juan Cuadrado had restored the hosts' lead following Romelu Lukaku's leveller from the spot.
Rodrigo Bentancur was dismissed for the hosts after just 55 minutes for picking up two yellow cards and intense Inter pressure finally told seven minutes from full-time when Giorgio Chiellini bundled into his own net.
Pirlo 'won't step aside' as Juve boss remains defiant despite dismal defeat to Milan
Juventus suffered a woeful 3-0 home loss to Milan, but Andrea Pirlo insists he will not be stepping down from his position.Juve slumped to a resounding 3-0 home defeat to Italian rivals Milan as they slipped to fifth in Serie A with just three league games remaining in the race for the top four.
There was to be one final twist, though, as Cuadrado powered home from the spot in the 88th minute after he had been brought down inside the area by Ivan Perisic.
The result moved Juve into the top four, although they could be usurped ahead of next weekend's final matchday if Napoli overcome Fiorentina on Sunday.
It was just the third time Ronaldo has been substituted this season, but Pirlo was adamant his talisman took the withdrawal well.
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"I think it was the first time he was happy to be subbed off," he told Sky Sport Italia. "We were one man down, and he'd have been chasing shadows. He was happy and smiling in the dressing room."
It has been a dismal first season in charge for Pirlo, with a Champions League last-16 exit followed by a tepid surrender of their nine-year stranglehold on the Serie A crown to Inter.
Congratulations Inter, but Juve could have done more - Pirlo laments lost Scudetto
Andrea Pirlo concedes Juventus should have made a far better fist of defending their Serie A title ahead of meeting new champions Inter.Juventus host Inter on Saturday in a game that looked set at one time to be a blockbuster Scudetto decider.
It remains to be seen whether he will still in charge for the 2021-22 campaign but, if he stays, Pirlo wants to see more of the spirit shown in the win over Antonio Conte's side next term.
"We should have had the same determination and desire to fight on every ball also in the other games of the season," he added.
"If we had done so, we would not be fighting for a top-four finish at this point. We made too many mistakes in games that seemed easy on paper.
"We've asked ourselves many times what we've lacked this season. We didn't have the same fire burning inside. We had to turn the light on again to fight the title and a top-four finish. The lads have proved they are up to the task in big games.
"This group has a lot to give, we have many young players, but playing for Juventus means having more responsibility. It takes time to adapt.
"We shouldn't have dropped so many points, but this is a good team, we have room for improvement, there is a good base to work well."
Juve finish their campaign with a trip to Bologna next week.
Pirlo sacked by Juventus; Allegri lined up as replacement .
Andrea Pirlo has been sacked by Juventus after the Italian giants finished fourth in Serie A.The Italian giants had their Serie A dominance ended this season by Antonio Conte’s Inter.