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Juventus sack coach Maurizio Sarri after UEFA Champions League exit

Juventus have fired coach Maurizio Sarri after his first season in charge ended with the team's Champions League exit.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: August 8, 2020 9:04:42 pm
Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri has been fired. (Source: Reuters)

Juventus sacked their coach Maurizio Sarri on Saturday, a day after the Serie A champions failed to advance to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

The 61-year-old joined the Old Lady as the head coach last summer after guiding Chelsea to a UEFA Europa League victory. Sarri still had two years remaining on his deal at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.

“Juventus announces that Maurizio Sarri has been relieved of his post as coach of the first team,” a club statement said.

“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.”

The former Napoli manager did lead the Bianconeri to their ninth Scudetto in a row in his debut campaign, but his failure on the continental stage led to the club deciding to go in a different direction.

Juventus were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League in the last 16 on Friday, losing on away goals despite a 2-1 win over Olympique Lyonnais in the second leg.

Juventus’ sporting director Fabio Paratici could also follow Sarri out the exit door, reports Sky Sport Italia,

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino, Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi and Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane — a former Juventus player — were among those mentioned, as well as Massimiliano Allegri, who made way for Sarri one year ago.

Pochettino and Allegri are both without clubs at present.

Sarri, who never played football professionally, began coaching amateur teams back in the 1990s, managing to combine his hobby with a banking career that took him to the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, and Luxembourg.

He coached 16 different sides in the lower division of the Italian league before reaching Serie A with Empoli in 2014.

Known as “Mr 33” because he reputedly thought up 33 different plans for set pieces, Sarri joined Napoli in 2016 and turned them into the side most likely to threaten Juventus’ dominance.

He then spent one season at Chelsea, winning the Europa League with the London side, before joining Juventus.

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