A SIDEWAYS MOVE

Aguero can only help Juventus spend their way to seventh

Another summer spree is unlikely to revitalise the frail Old Lady

Juventus’ most expensive signing in each of the last four summers

History states that Juventus are a much bigger club than Atletico Madrid, with 27 Serie A triumphs to the Spaniard’s nine La Liga titles and seven Champions League Finals to the latter’s one, but Sergio Aguero will be making a big mistake if he trades Madrid for Turin this summer.

When the Argentine first announced his intention to leave the Vicente Calderon, Real Madrid and Manchester City were mentioned as potential destinations, yet his options now appear so limited that he’d actually be better served staying put.

Over the last five years, the Rojiblancos have achieved two top-four finishes in the league rated the second best in Europe by UEFA coefficients, winning the inaugural Europa League too.

Juventus by contrast haven’t even spent all that time in the fourth finest, Serie A, having suffered an enforced relegation in 2005-06 for their leading role in the Calciopoli. They’ve never quite recovered, hindering their progress further by harshly axing Claudio Ranieri in 2009.

The Old Lady of Italian football continue to throw a seemingly endless pot of money at the problem, aided by their name value remaining strong despite recent traumas, as the Aguero situation shows, however it doesn’t get them anywhere.

After ditching Ranieri late on in 2008-09, they handed rookie boss Ciro Ferrara, who they hoped would prove to be their Pep Guardiola replica, a £32.31 million summer kitty.

That hefty outlay was twice the net spend of Premier League champions Chelsea and blew away Serie A and Champions League winners Inter, who actually recorded a profit, and yet the result was seventh place and another change in the dugout.

The past year was Luigi Del Neri’s turn to guide the Bianconeri to seventh despite another £18 million net spend and an eye-popping wage bill given the number of loan deals made with options to buy.

Another fairly low-key coach is leading the Aguero chase, former captain Antonio Conte, and he has also received an absurd level of financial support, with £40 million invested already, the majority on players that failed to have the desired impact last term on loan.


11 responses so far
  • agiamba // July 1, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    An absurdly simplistic look at it, I expect better.

  • O_Fenomeno86 // July 1, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    @agiamba

    100% agreed. Couldn’t have said it better myself. This takes the cake for poorest writing I’ve seen in The Spoiler.

  • Giuseppe // July 1, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Mate ur talking a lump of rubbish

  • Mark // July 2, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    A pathetic article. In the past 4 years Juve bought good players, not top world class. Aguero IS top world class, and Juve has already done other great signings – Lichsteiner, Ziegler and Pirlo. Apart from the fact that Del Neri is not a winning coach … in 25 years of coaching he only managed to win the title of “The coach who was sacked twice before the league even started …”

  • Wise_Football_Person // July 4, 2011 at 8:30 am

    I totally agree with the article. Juve are going nowhere with rookie Managers and one big name signing and a few mediocre ones per year. They have to rebuild their squad differently. 10 million for Lichtsteiner? Getting Spurs flop Reto Ziegler and a 32 year old Pirlo? I predict a 5-8 spot finish.

  • Michael Lintorn // July 4, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Thanks for all your comments, glad to see my fanbase growing! If I could just counter a few of the points raised beyond those relating to my alleged incompetence…

    Juventus might not have bought world-class players in recent years but in terms of costs involved and reputation upon arrival, Diego in particular was a very promising capture – one of the best players in the Bundesliga, the closest league to Serie A in terms of co-efficient, and the inspiration in Werder Bremen’s run to the UEFA Cup Final. Milos Krasic was also one of the most high-profile movers last summer.

    It’s also a harsh assessment of Del Neri to claim that he is “not a winning coach” when his predecessor’s only previous experience was with the primavera and his successor’s only Serie A stint was with Atalanta in the relegation zone. Perhaps you have to look at the people doing the hiring rather than blaming one coach. Besides, Del Neri guided a far less star-studded Sampdoria side than the one he inherited/built at Juve to fourth, so there was no reason to doubt at the time of his appointment that he couldn’t do the same in Turin.

  • juvelee // July 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    lol matri and quagliarella made a huge impact, pepe works hard and motta had a poor season but before that he was regarded as one of serie a top rb so your article is rubbish

  • Adrian // July 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Probably written by some glory seeking Premier League fan who doesn’t appreciate the fact that Juventus are one of the greatest clubs in the history of Europe.

    Reflects the quality of the site

  • Michael Lintorn // July 4, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Hi Adrian. I fully appreciate Juventus’ impact on the history of European football, which is why the story opened with a run through their greatest successes.

    Don’t quite fit the glory-seeking Premier League fan mould either. Serie A is my favourite league in the world and if anything a Juventus revival is probably the thing most likely to spark global interest in it again, I am just unconvinced that it will happen next season.

  • kong74 // July 5, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Micheal Linton

    You have no clue what your talking about …..

    Try writing about golf or ping pong …..

    If i was the editor you,d be sacked get a job mate

  • MMM // July 11, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Micheal Linton

    First of all you don’t forget about the fact that juve will play in their new stadium next year and bringing a superstar is a must to sell out the stadium and don’t forget the marchindise they will sell.
    The other fact that you forgot to consider is that the management that failed juve after relegation has changed even though they reached 2nd and 3rd place and the new management has been impressive so far. last year they built an structure for their new team and everyone is agreed that a great team can’t be build in one season. last season Juve were successful till the mid season and that high expectations led juventus to failure.
    They have already covered their weaknesses in side backs and with a new left winger and a good center back (as a sub) they can be a solid team again.adding Aguero or Rossi to this team can make it even more complete.
    So in my opinion your article is just rubbish.
    no offence

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