Juventus sacks Maurizio Sarri after Champions League exit

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace in the 2-1 home win on Friday, but that couldn’t stop the Italian power from pulling out of the away goals rule after the 2-2 draw ended at the total.

Despite leading Juventus to a ninth consecutive Serie A title in his first season at the helm, Sarri has paid the price for his side’s failure on the European stage.

“Maurizio Sarri has been dismissed from his duties as first-team coach,” a club statement said.

“The club would like to thank the coach for writing a new page in Juventus history by winning a ninth consecutive Scudetto, the culmination of a personal journey that has seen him evolve at all levels of football Italian.”

Sarri, 61, replaced Massimiliano Allegri last season, after leading Chelsea to Europa League success.

All was going well as Juventus started the season with a 14-game unbeaten streak in Serie A but faced a stronger challenge from Inter Milan and Lazio, losing for the first time in the league against this last in December.

Defeats in the Italian Cup and Italian Super Cup have also undermined confidence in Sarri, while poor form since the resumption of the season has seen Juve hang in the title race by just one point to Antonio Conte’s Inter.

The exit to Lyon was the last straw, with Memphis Depay’s penalty in the first half for the visitor sealing the passage of the French team despite Ronaldo’s goals bringing his total to 37 for the 2019/20 season , a club record.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores as Juventus win ninth consecutive Serie A title

Juventus haven’t won the Champions League since 1996, finishing second five times in the meantime with the loss to Lyon the first of 16 since 2016.

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This led to a flood of unfavorable headlines in Italian sports newspapers as the quest for a third title in Europe’s premier club competition ended in bitter disappointment.

It was a far cry from Sarri’s arrival in Turin last summer, his reputation forged in three seasons at the helm of Napoli, where the team’s fast-paced football style – dubbed “Sarriball” – has was applauded and turned the team into challengers at Juventus.

Despite winning the second tier European club competition with Chelsea, Sarri was dismissed from his post after just one season, paving the way for his dream transfer to Juventus.

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