Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has given Andrea Pirlo and the squad his full support ahead of their crucial match against Napoli and dismissed Max Allegri’s potential return.
has been under pressure for most of the season and Juventus’ latest poor result againstFC Porto
has grown speculation over his future at the club.
“We’ve been at this level for 11 years, we feel the pressure every day. We feel it when we win the Scudetto or other trophies, let alone when things aren’t going well,”
Paratici told Sky Sport Italia
“Andrea has always shouldered a great deal of responsibility and pressure during his playing career and this is no different.”
Paratici was asked about the general belief among fans and media that Juventus have a weak midfield.
“When I came here 11 years ago, the first year with Gigi Del Neri we had Bonucci, Barzagli and Chiellini. Everyone told us to buy more defenders, but I maintained they were the best we could get. This proved to be correct, as for 10 years they were practically the best defense in the world.
“I think the players in this squad are talented, competitive. Arthur won the Copa America with Brazil less than a year ago, Adrien Rabiot and Rodrigo Bentancur played in the Champions League, Weston McKennie is one of the revelations of the season, etc.
“There are some seasons where things take a while to get into gear. We are all up for debate, but also have to keep a clear head when evaluating the situation.”
Paratici shrugged off reports linking
with a return to Turin.
“At this moment, we are focused on working and doing our best. We are not considering anything beyond these games.”