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Maurizio Sarri sacked a day after Juventus’ Champions League exit

Maurizio Sarri
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Despite winning the Serie A title, Maurizio Sarri as the head coach of Juventus was not proving to be a fan favorite choice. That argument earned some weightage yesterday when Lyon managed to defeat the Old Lady on away goals in the Round of 16 of the Champions League, a tournament the club has been desperate to win. It hasn’t been 24 hours since the full-time whistle was blown in Turin and Sarri has been shown the exit doors by the club.

Sarri was appointed earlier this season having quit his job as the head coach of Chelsea, which too lasted just a single season. The Italian manager is famous for his time at Napoli, where his “Sarri Ball” gameplay caught a lot of attention. He was off to a great start with the London club last season, but excitement curbed as the season entered the second half.

Something similar happened during his time at Juventus, where he had some great names under his stewardship but he failed to make the most of them. One of the major killer-blows for the club was losing the Copa Italia final to Sarri’s former club Napoli, who seem to be on a positive mission under Gattuso currently.

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Perhaps the knockout punch was received yesterday when Juventus did manage to get on level terms against Lyon having lost the first leg, but the away goals rule saw the French unit progress, much to the disappointment of Juve’s hierarchy. Memphis Depay converted a controversial penalty to give Lyon a 2-0 lead on aggregate in the second leg and despite a stellar effort from Cristiano Ronaldo, which too included a controversial penalty, the tie finished 2-2 and left the Italian club in dismay.

Sarri wrote a new page in club history: Official announcement

Despite all the negativity surrounding the manager, Juventus released a statement where they thanked the manager for leading them to their ninth-consecutive league triumph and wished him luck having relieved him of his duties.

Juventus Football Club announces that Maurizio Sarri has been relieved of his post as coach of the First Team. The club would like to thank the coach for having written a new page in Juventus’ history with the victory of the ninth-consecutive championship, the culmination of a personal journey that led him to climb all the divisions of Italian football.

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