Juventus sack Sarri after Champions League exit

  • Juventus sack Sarri after Champions League exit

Juventus sack Sarri after Champions League exit

The Turin side went out in the quarter-finals last season after being outclassed by Ajax Amsterdam, and on Friday they exited the competition in the last 16 against Olympique Lyonnais despite winning the second leg 2-1.

"This competition doesn't take any prisoners", he said.

Most teams ease off the pedal once a title is secured, but Sarri's side stalled after that win. The last time they faced a similar situation, it was Ronaldo's hat-trick that put them in the semi-finals of the UCL.

He guided Lyon to a seventh-place finish in Ligue 1 in 2019-20, with France's top-flight ended early due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Switching from a soaking to a damp squib of a celebratory interview, Sarri suggested that his players had won the title in spite of him, and alluded to showdown meetings that he had held in an attempt to correct Juve's periods of stuttering form during the season, which perhaps succeeded as much because their rivals fell away as they did because of any inspirational exchanges. "I think the report was down to an interview from several months ago, which just happened to be published just before we played against a French team".

"The penalty we conceded just before half-time hurt us, Juve hadn't been that risky until then and it gave them confidence. Juve had a good game and Lyon suffered a lot".

"If I wasn't devastated by not qualifying, I'd be happy with the performance", Sarri said after Juventus' defeat to Lyon.

Ronaldo then pulled a goal back for the Serie A as he scored from a penalty in the 43rd minute.

The Italian appears to have paid the price for Juventus again failing to win the Champions League.

"We will take a few days to evaluate the season".

There has been some speculation that 35-year-old Ronaldo, who has two years to run on his contract, could move elsewhere, though that has been denied by Juventus.