Andrea Pirlo and his Juventus team are “calm” about the club’s involvement in the breakaway European Super League and remain focused on first qualifying for the Champions League.
Juve were among 12 elite clubs to announce plans to launch a lucrative new continental competition on Sunday. All founding clubs would controversially be guaranteed participation every season.
Bianconeri chairman Andrea Agnelli is at the forefront of the plans, prompting criticism from UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, who is charged with organising the rival Champions League.
Ceferin has made a number of threats towards the dozen clubs involved, including the suggestion their players could be banned from international fixtures.
But Pirlo is confident the saga is not providing a distraction ahead of Juve’s game on Wednesday against Parma, who they could beat in four successive Serie A meetings for the first time.
Three points would be particularly precious with Pirlo’s men in fourth, struggling to qualify for the Champions League.
While Super League proposals suggested a swift start to the new tournament, meaning Juve would no longer play in UEFA’s competition, Agnelli has encouraged the players to ensure they finish in the top four this term.
“We are focused on what we need to do and that is to qualify for the Champions League,” Pirlo said.
“This morning the president told us about the Super League. We are calm, because the president is planning this thing, but we have to think about the present, which is qualification for the Champions League.
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