The first leg of the Coppa Italia semifinal against Lazio won’t alter the short-term future of Massimiliano Allegri, but Juventus are keeping in touch with Thiago Motta in case they dismiss their coach at the end of the season, Tuttomercatoweb’s Mirko Di Natale reported.

The Bianconeri gaffer was scheduled to meet with the higher-ups around this time to discuss the future. It hasn’t happened yet because their nosedive has clouded their prospects. While likely, it’s no longer certain they’ll qualify for the Champions League.

Allegri is also set to stay in the Juventus dugout for the weekend’s game against Fiorentina, while Motta continues to keep things close to the vest whenever he’s quizzed about the future. His contract with Bologna expires in June. He said he respected Xabi Alonso’s choice to stay put at Bayer Leverkusen over the weekend.

The Felsinei won their ninth game in the past ten rounds on Sunday. They cut their deficit from the Bianconeri to just two points.

Our Take on Allegri, Juventus, and Motta

Midseason firings are extremely rare at the Old Lady, so their top-five spot would have to be really in peril for that to happen. They shouldn’t hesitate with another loss. The other big question mark is what they would do if the up-and-coming boss didn’t leave or took another job. It has gotten to the point where sticking with their present gaffer would be intolerable.

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