Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo maintains he is not worried about his future amid reports he could be sacked and replaced by Massimiliano Allegri.
Allegri, who stepped down in 2019 after winning five Serie A titles in a row with the Bianconeri, is reportedly the leading contender to take over should Pirlo be dismissed.
Juve are fourth in the table after 33 games and almost certain not to win a 10th consecutive Scudetto. Indeed, Inter will be crowned champions should they defeat Crotone and Atalanta fail to beat Sassuolo.
With the league title slipping away and their Champions League campaign ended by a last-16 defeat to Porto, there are serious doubts over whether Pirlo will be given a second season in charge of the club.
John Elkann, the CEO of Exor – the holding company of Juve’s owners – visited the team’s training ground this week to add further fuel to the rumours, but Pirlo insists he is not distracted.
“I’m fine,” said the 2006 World Cup winner. “I talked to the owners the other day. It’s not the first time they’ve come. We had a little chat about everything, as we always do. I’m calm about my work.
“I read the names of possible successors from you. I don’t allow myself to be influenced and I’m focused on what I have to do.
“We are aware that this is a very important moment: we have 15 points to win plus the Coppa Italia final. All matches are fundamental and we are focused on the next one.
“My goal is to win the remaining matches that will lead the team to the Champions League and win the Coppa Italia. I am not thinking about anything else: I’m calm and concentrated. These final days will be a fight to the end, with difficult matches for everyone… starting tomorrow.”
Juve face Udinese on Sunday, a team against whom they have won six times and lost just once in their most recent seven league meetings.