The Juventus squad is currently said to be very divided, when it comes to their support for manager Max Allegri.
The Bianconeri took an unexpected loss at the hands of Maccabi Haifa last night and it left their hopes to progress into the next round of the Champions League hanging by a thread. But Allegri is set to stay at the club, with the side now heading into a ritiro ahead of a Turin derby at the weekend.
La Repubblica have reported about the state of the Juve squad, claiming that it is divided between those who support the Italian and those who don’t. The outlet has put out names of players who belong to specific steads.
It is stated that Allegri loyalists are currently scarce and the new players that Allegri found during his second stint, the relationship with some of them happens to be cold and rather uneasy. The ties with Leonardo Bonucci have been restored out of corporate interest but the good ties aren’t natural.
A staunch Allegri loyalist is Wojciech Szczesny, who has been protected a lot by the manager. Danilo also belongs to that stead because of he has become a locker room leader and his importance has grown in Allegri’s eyes. Juan Cuadrado is also a loyalist, despite poor performances this season. Two other loyalists include Mattia de Sciglio and Mattia Perin, with the defender having worked with the manager at Milan.
Moise Kean, who was first brought into the first-team fold by Allegri, isn’t particularly loyal to the manager and that relationship is breaking down.
Manuel Locatelli and Weston McKennie are leading the pack of the discontented players, with relationships with Bremer and Filip Kostic not easy at all right now and Federico Gatti is also unhappy. Dusan Vlahovic is currently unhappy with the playing style and Allegri’s relationship with Federico Chiesa was also cold before he sustained an injury.
The relationship with Angel di Maria has not festered and Allegri has had a mutual suspicion about the Argentine, who seems more inclined towards doing well for the national team. Similar to Di Maria, there is doubt in Allegri’s mind that Leandro Paredes and Paul Pogba also have their focus on the national team because of the World Cup. Pogba was a hardcore Allegri loyalist in the past, but things seem to have changed in the manager’s eyes.
As for young players, Allegri doesn’t trust the younger players fully and that also defines his relationship with them. Three other players who weren’t pro-Max were Denis Zakaria, Matthijs de Ligt and Cristiano Ronaldo and all three have been sold with the manager’s permission. Those three players didn’t approve of Allegri’s playing style either.