Juventus eliminated from Champions League despite victory over Lyon

Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri

The Italian giants sacked Sarri after just one season despite winning Serie A following the club's Champions League last-16 defeat by Lyon on Friday.

Italian club Juventus sacked manager Maurizio Sarri on Saturday, a day after being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League.

He also outlined that Cristiano Ronaldo will likely have a huge say in who takes over at Juventus, as well as the likes of Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini.

They have been runners-up seven times, including twice in the last five years.

Juve trail the Ligue 1 side following their 1-0 defeat in France six months ago before the coronavirus lockdown. "At this level it costs", continued Sarri of the first leg played back in February.

Speaking after Friday's game against Lyon, Juve president Andrea Agnelli told Sky in Italy: "This season's balance is bittersweet, we had a great result winning the ninth championship, but the performance in the Champions League has been disappointing for everyone". But the fans demand more from us.

Had they achieved that and beaten Manchester City in a one-off quarter-final, there could have been more of a case for overlooking the apparent lack of progress and at least keeping Sarri until next season.

Depay's penalty put Rudi Garcia's side two goals ahead in the tie and left Juve with a mountain to climb.

Although Sarri gave the team orders, he adapted to Juve and Ronaldo, who scored 37 goals in total this season, a club record for a player in a single campaign.

"The Champions League is not a dream, it's an objective". Agnelli added that the club's management will now "take a few days to evaluate everything" following the Champions League's exit.



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