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Maurizio Sarri Sacked By Juventus After Just One Season

Maurizio Sarri has been sacked as manager of Italian giants Juventus after coaching for just one season. 

This is coming a day after getting knocked out of the Champions League by Lyon in the 2nd leg of the tie. 

Juventus won 2-1 in Turin on Friday but Lyon progressed on away goals. 

Italian Sarri, 61, was appointed on a three-year contract last summer from Chelsea, where he had spent one year, finishing 3rd with the English side and helping them win the Europa League. 

After Juve were knocked out of the Champions League yesterday by the French side, Sarri suggested the competition was cursed for Juventus. 

It is the first time Juventus have failed to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League since 2015/16 under Massimiliano Allegri. 

Although they won the La Liga, Juve failed to impress towards the end of the season. They lost three of their last four league matches, finishing just one point clear of Inter Milan in the end. 

They were also beaten by Napoli in the Coppa Italia final after football in the country restarted following the lockdown precipitated by the Wuhanvirus. 

Juventus have won the European Cup/Champions League two times, although they have not lifted the trophy since 1996. 

Speaking after Friday’s Champions League knockout, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli said the season had been “bittersweet”. He said that despite the Serie A triumph, their Champions League performance had been “disappointing” and there was a need for “cold and lucid analysis”. 

A statement released by the club thanked Sarri for “having written a new page in Juventus’ history”, adding that it was “the culmination of a personal journey that led him to climb all the divisions of Italian football”. 

Lazio head coach Simone Inzahgi and former Tottemham Hotspur gaffer, Mauricio Pochettino are among the hot favourites to replace Sarri.

PHOTO: Sky Sports/Getty

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