Champions League

Juventus sack Maurizio Sarri after Champions League exit

The Old Lady went out on away goals on Friday at the hands of Ligue 1 side Lyon

1:14pm on Saturday 8th August 2020
Martin Macdonald

Maurizio Sarri has been sacked as head coach of Juventus after the Serie A champions were knocked out of the Champions League by Lyon on Friday evening.

The Bianconeri were 1-0 down from the first leg which took place months ago, and although they won the second leg 2-1 thanks to two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, an away goal for Lyon via a Memphis Depay penalty proved the difference.

Sarri recently guided Juve to their ninth title in a row, although in a more unconvincing fashion in most of the previous eight.

The former Napoli boss has never been far from criticism this campaign.

Due to their domestic dominance, the Champions League has become somewhat of a holy grail for the Juve hierarchy, with the signing of the tournament’s greatest ever goalscorer, Ronaldo, meant to power them to European glory.

However, they have failed to make an impact on the latter stages of the competition since his arrival, being knocked out in the quarter-finals by Ajax in the 2018-19 season before the loss against Lyon, one round earlier, a year later.

According to recent reports out of Italy, Juventus are planning on contacting Mauricio Pochettino about replacing Sarri ahead of the new Serie A season.

The Argentine has been without a club since leaving Spurs in the middle of last season.

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