Pirlo keeping calm amid speculation about Juventus future

Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo insists he’s unaffected by speculation about his future forward of an important Serie A visit to Udinese on Sunday.

Italian media studies this week linked former Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri with a return on the finish of the season after a disappointing marketing campaign for the Turin membership.

“I am fine, I spoke with the owners the other day, which often happens and it is not the first time. We chatted a little about everything. I am calm about my job,” Pirlo informed a information convention on Saturday.

“I am looking at the present. I am the coach of Juventus and I am happy to be here.

“I’m calm and centered on what I need to do. I need to deliver this crew to the Champions League and attempt to win the Coppa Italia. I’m so targeting this that I do not need time to learn the newspapers.”

Pirlo’s side was knocked out of the Champions League by Porto at the last-16 stage and faces a battle to qualify for European football’s top competition next season.

A 1-1 draw against Fiorentina last weekend left Juventus in fourth place in Serie A, level on 66 points with Napoli in third and AC Milan in fifth ahead of their trip to 11th-placed Udinese on Sunday.

Juve has won the last nine Serie A titles but Pirlo admitted its goal is now to achieve a top-four finish that would secure Champions League qualification, as well as beating Atalanta in the Coppa Italia final on May 19.

“There are 5 video games left and there are 15 factors up for grabs, plus the Coppa Italia remaining,” Pirlo said.

“It is a fragile second and we have to choose up factors to achieve our objective of the Champions League.

“All the matches are important and we are focused on tomorrow against Udinese.”

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