(Reuters) – Andrea Pirlo believes Champions League qualification is not going to be the decisive consider whether or not Juventus determine to maintain him on as coach for subsequent season.
To clinch a top-four end, the Turin membership should win their closing sport in Bologna on Sunday and hope AC Milan or Napoli drop factors of their video games in opposition to Atalanta and Hellas Verona.
Failure to succeed in European soccer’s high membership competitors can be an infinite disappointment for Juve, winners of 9 consecutive league titles earlier than this season, and the state of affairs has resulted in hypothesis that Pirlo shall be changed.
“I don’t suppose the membership will determine primarily based on what occurs tomorrow. I believe they’ve an thought of what has been finished over the season, what went properly and badly,” Pirlo instructed a information convention on Saturday.
“They don’t take choices primarily based on the final match or on one end result. It’s as much as them to determine a we are going to see what occurs.
“I like doing this job, it’s regular that I’d reconfirm my place as a result of I like having this adrenaline and strain.
“It is advisable really feel the blood operating via your veins and I need to proceed working with this squad and this membership.”
Juventus journey to Bologna in assured temper after beating Atalanta on Wednesday within the Coppa Italia closing.
It marked a 3rd consecutive win for Pirlo’s facet since a 3-0 defeat by AC Milan earlier in Might threatened to derail their top-four hopes.
“We imagine. We have been lifeless and buried after the Milan sport, however picked ourselves up once more. We did that on our personal, however the outcomes of different groups additionally introduced us again to life,” Pirlo mentioned.
“We should suppose initially about ourselves, trying to play an ideal sport and win, after which see what the others do.”
Pirlo additionally addressed media hypothesis that Cristiano Ronaldo may depart Juventus in the event that they fail to succeed in the Champions League.
“I see him nonetheless in a black and white shirt and targeted,” he mentioned.
“He confirmed that the opposite evening by making sacrifices and chasing as a result of he needed to win the cup.”
(Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie, modifying by Ed Osmond)