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Written By Onyeka Daniel

For the better part of this year, there have been much uncertainty surrounding the future of Juventus manager, Massimiliano Allegri and the possibility of him remaining in charge at the club beyond this season after the Bianconeri fell off in the title race at the second half of the season.

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Bologna manager, Thiago Motta has emerged as the frontrunner to replace Allegri once the current season concludes. John Elkann recently declared that the club are starting at point zero, and perhaps this is a pointer towards the direction the club will be moving for next season, making the necessary changes within the club, including appointing a new manager.

Allegri’s second stint at Juventus has left supporters feeling discontented, and it’s widely expected that he will pursue his coaching career elsewhere. While numerous candidates have been linked to the soon-to-be vacant managerial role at Juventus, the prospect of Motta taking the helm has garnered significant favour among fans.


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The Bianconeri have also received a boost in their pursuit as the Rossoblu have begun to prepare for a future without him. For the moment, the former Inter Milan and PSG midfielder hasn’t made up his mind yet on his future. And while Bologna is eager for him to remain, reports suggest that his stay may hinge on their qualification for the Champions League this season.

In anticipation of Motta’s potential departure, Bologna has already identified at least two managers to replace him. According to a report from Calciomercato, Raffaele Palladino of Monza and Paolo Vanoli of Venezia are among the candidates considered to continue the positive trajectory established by Motta.

Bologna remains confident that either Palladino or Vanoli can build upon the foundation laid by Motta should he depart for Juventus or another club. Motta’s coaching philosophy emphasizes a more attacking style of play, and under his guidance, his current team is poised to finish the season above Juventus in the standings.

But what separates Motta from Allegri? Legendary Italian coach Arrigo Sacchi highlighted the major difference between them: “Allegri is a tactician, Thiago Motta a strategist. The tactician waits for the opponent’s mistake, whereas the strategist has an idea and knows how to get to the result.” He said.

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Lazio winger Mattia Zaccagni is proud to have extended his contract with Lazio and wants to ‘fly higher and higher’ with the Biancocelesti. The Italian has signed a contract extension with Lazio until June 2029. Club director Angelo Fabiani had confirmed the agreement with the Italian winger on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old commented on his extension with the Biancocelesti through his official Instagram account yesterday. “I’ve been wearing this jersey since August 31, 2021, and will continue doing so for many years,” said Zaccagni. “With the pride of those who believe that having an eagle as a symbol you can only fly higher and higher. Together.”

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Zaccagni had been linked with a move to Juventus, but his contract extension means he will remain at the Stadio Olimpico long-term. Lazio finalised an agreement with the Italy international after learning that Felipe Anderson would leave the club at the end of his contract in June and return to Brazil to play for Palmeiras.

Zaccagni has spent the last three seasons with Lazio, scoring 20 goals in 112 appearances. A former winger for Hellas Verona, Zaccagni made his senior Italy debut in March 2022 and has four appearances with the Azzurri. The 28-year-old has made three appearances under new Italy boss Luciano Spalletti.

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