Juventus coach Pirlo ‘calm down his work’ as title slips

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Andrea Pirlo insisted on Saturday he was calm about his job as Juventus coach as the Italian champions’ nine-year reign came to an end.

Inter Milan are set to deny Juve a 10th consecutive crown, with the Turin giants now battling for a Champions League berth.

“I am calm about my job,” the 41-year-old former Italian World Cup winner said at a press conference ahead of Sunday’s league game in Udinese.

Inter can seal the ‘Scudetto’ this weekend, with Juventus in fourth place, 13 points behind the leaders, with five games to go.

Former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is expected to return two years after being sacked, according to the Italian press.

A visit by John Elkann, CEO of Exor, the holding company of the Agnelli family that owns Juventus, to the team’s training ground this week has fueled speculation about the changes.

“I spoke to the owners the other day,” revealed Pirlo who took over last summer.

“It’s not the first time they’ve come, it’s happened three or four times already and we talked about everything.

“I’m calm about my job, what to do.

“I am not influenced by all these rumors.

“I am focused on what I have to do and I have to take the team to the Champions League and try to win the Italian Cup.”

Meanwhile, Pirlo has revealed her teenage son Niccolo has been abused online, as sports organizations boycotted social media over the weekend.

“I know what it means to be a public figure, I can’t find anything new in insults from people hiding behind a keyboard,” he said.

“I’m sorry for my son, because he has nothing to do with it. I also explained to him to ignore it. It is a social problem that we have to eradicate.”

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