Italy Juventus Axe Sarri After Champions League Exit

Maurizio Sarri has been relieved Sarri of his duty as Juventus manager following the elimination of the Serie A champions from the UEFA Champions League by Lyon.

The Bianconeri defeated Lyon 2-1 in the second leg of the Champions League at the Allianz Stadium but that was not enough to save them from elimination.

Despite Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a brace, Lyon progressed on away goals rule having won the first leg 1-0 in France before the competition was suspended.

Sarri led Juventus to their ninth consecutive Serie A title but his target of the helping the Old Lady go farther in the Champions League was halted.

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The club in a statement thanked Sarri for his service having joined the club from Chelsea following the sacking of Maximiliano Allegri.

The statement reads as follows;

“Juventus Football Club announce that Maurizio Sarri has been relieved of his position as coach of the first team.

“The club would like to thank the coach for writing a new chapter in Juventus’ history with the ninth consecutive Scudetto, which was the culmination of a personal journey that has seen him climb all the tiers of Italian football.”

He did not play football professionally, taking part as an amateur centre back and coach while working as a banker.

 In 2005, he had his first Serie B job at Pescara

In 2014, he won promotion to Serie A with Empoli, and after preserving their place in the top flight he was hired by Napoli

He won several individual awards while managing the Naples-based club; after finishing as league runners-up in 2017–18 he moved to English club Chelsea, where he won the UEFA Europa League in his only season with the club. 

He returned to Italy to coach Juventus in 2019, with whom he went on to win the Serie A title in his first season, becoming the oldest manager to ever win the Serie A.

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