Maurizio Sarri: Juventus sack manager hours after Champions League exit

Maurizio Sarri: Juventus sack manager hours after Champions League exit

- Maurizio Sarri was slapped with the sack barely 24 hours after Juventus exited the Champions League

- The 61-year old came under scrutiny over his playing style, which saw Juventus win the Serie A by an uncomfortable one point margin

- Defeat against Lyon in the last 16 tie proved to be the final straw for the former Chelsea boss

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Juventus have parted ways with manager Maurizio Sarri barely 24 hours after the Serie A champions were bundled out the Champions League last 16 by French side Lyon.

The former Chelsea boss was unable to inspire his side to a comeback in the Champions League last 16 second leg where they came in training 1-0.

Despite a Cristiano Ronaldo brace, the Italian giants were knocked out by the away goal rule, further piling pressure on Sarri.

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In recent weeks, the 61-year old has come under scrutiny over his playing style and overall relationship with the players.

Juventus sack Maurizio Sarri hours after Champions League exit

The exit of the Champions League proved to be the final straw for Sarri who got sacked on Saturday, August 8. Photo: Getty Images.
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Despite winning the Serie A in the 2019/2020 season, Juventus had to claw their way to the title as they beat Inter Millan by a solitary point after suffering three defeats in their final five matches.

Notably, after winning consecutive League titles, the Juventus bosses were more intent on ending the 25-year drought in European glory and were more focused on the Champions League.

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The fact that the club signed talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, who is considered the greatest Champions League player in history, also piled more expectation on Sarri to go all the way in the competition.

However, that did not happen and Juventus eventually bowed out of the competition in the last 16 at the hands of French side Lyon whose lukewarm season saw them finish seventh in their domestic league.

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Although the Old Lady won the second leg 2-1 on Friday night, August 7, it ended 2-2 on aggregates as Lyon won the first leg 1-0 before football was suspended due to the lockdown.

Memphis Depay's away goal at the Allianz stadium gave the French side the upper hand to win it courtesy the away goals.

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