Having led Bologna to a historic Champions League qualification with a fifth-placed finish in the 2023/24 Serie A season, Thiago Motta has now been appointed as the new Juventus coach.

The Bianconeri had been on the lookout for a new boss after sacking Massimiliano Allegri just days after he masterminded a 1-0 win over Atalanta to win the Coppa Italia in Rome.

Thiago Motta has signed three-year contract with Juventus until June 30, 2027.

Thiago Motta’s work at Bologna

Bologna coach Thiago Motta. (@BolognaFC1909en)

Motta deservedly came in for a lot of praise for his work in Emilia Romagna. Having taken the reins in tricky circumstances as Sinisa Mihajlovic‘s replacement at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in September of the 2022/23 season, the former Italy Men’s National Team player quickly made his mark on the side and had the Rossoblu looking capable of something special. Eventually, they finished ninth in Serie A.

In his only full season with Bologna, Motta guided the side to a fifth-place finish and clinched Champions League football.

Thiago Motta career: Teams coached

Thiago Motta takes training as Bologna coach. (@BolognaFC1909en)

Born in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, Thiago Motta played once for Brazil before switching international allegiances to Italy, qualifying for the Azzurri through a grandparent. His club career saw him play for Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Genoa, Inter and Paris Saint-Germain.

As a coach, Motta has worked exclusively in Italian first-team football. After cutting his teeth with PSG’s Under-19s side, Motta joined Genoa in 2019. He then worked at fellow Ligurian side Spezia before taking over at Bologna in September 2022.

Now, Motta takes on his biggest job as a coach in charge of Juventus.

Thiago Motta formation

Thiago Motta‘s football isn’t the most eye-catching, and the former midfielder sees his sides take a pragmatic, possession-based approach.

The ex-Bologna boss has developed a reputation for viewing the game in a slightly different way. Before taking the Genoa job, Motta made headlines when he referred to his formation as being a 2-7-2, making reference to the fact that he views the pitch from the sidelines and that there are two players in each wide channel, with seven – the goalkeeper included – in the central channel of the pitch.

“My idea it to play offensively,” Thiago Motta told La Gazzetta dello Sport back in 2019. “A compact team that controls the game, with high pressure and a lot of movement with and without the ball.

“I want the player that has the ball to always have three or four options and two teammates close by to help. The difficulty in football is, often to do things simply but to control the base, pass and get free.

“I don’t like the numbers of the field because they trick you. You can be super offensive with a 5-3-2 and defensive in a 4-3-3, depending on the quality of the players.”