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Cannavaro explains why Juventus will be ‘wrong twice’ if they fire Pirlo

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Amid their faltering title defense, questions are being asked of the Italian champions’ decision to appoint the rookie manager.

Juventus would be “wrong twice” if they decide to sack Andrea Pirlo, according to Fabio Cannavaro as he urges the club to keep faith in the former midfielder.

Pirlo has struggled to deliver up to the expectation during his debut managerial season at Juventus so far as the Serie A title – something which the club have clinched in each of the past nine years – appears to be slipping away from their grasp.

The Bianconeri find themselves lagging 12 points behind leaders Inter Milan. Currently tied with Napoli on 56 points, they even carry the risk of even missing out on Champions League qualification.

Pirlo’s position, as a result, has come under intense scrutiny of late, and it has been said that the Old Lady could let him leave much sooner than the end of his two-year deal.

“When Juve picked Andrea, he knew very well that he had no experience. It’s logical that he should have time to mature, even for his relationship with the team. There are still 30 points to play for and it’s right to leave this judgment pending,” Cannavaro told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“And he did good things, launching young players and managing a complicated dressing room with people who have won a lot.

“Sure, some things don’t work, he has made mistakes: he’s human. It’s a heritage that must be protected. After all, if Juve don’t confirm his position, what did they choose him to do last summer?

“They would be wrong twice if they take that decision now. And the blame can’t only be his if the players make mistakes on and off the pitch.”