The club announced on Saturday that Juventus had appointed Andrea Pirlo a few hours after Juventus fired Maurizio Sarri after the Champions League knockout against Lyon. coach.
Pirlo, 41, was a legendary player for the club and AC Milan and Italy. His legendary career has won numerous league titles, the Champions League and the 2006 World Cup. He was appointed as the manager of the Juventus Under-23 team just last month, but has now signed a one-year contract to coach the first team.
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Under the leadership of Sarri, despite a 2-1 victory on Friday night, Juventus withdrew from the French club in the 16th round and lost on the away goal rules. The total score of the draw ended 2-2.
Juventus’s statement stated that he was fired: “Juventus Football Club announced that Maurizio Sarri has been removed from the position of coach of the first team.
“The club would like to thank the coach for writing a new chapter in Juventus’s history on the victory of the ninth consecutive championship. This is his personal climbing of the highest achievement in all departments of Italian football.”
Despite winning the Serie A championship for the ninth consecutive time last month, Sarri’s team did not convince critics in his first season in charge. They did not even perform well in the Champions League quarter-finals last season, which was the last straw for the 61-year-old.
Sarri left Juventus and scored 34 victories, 8 draws and 9 losses in 51 games. They scored 83 points in Serie A this season, the lowest in nine seasons. Juventus also lost to Lazio in the Italian Super Cup and in the Coppa Italia final to Naples.
Sarri said after Juventus defeated Lyon: “If I am not frustrated by not being promoted, I will be satisfied with my performance.”
“Actually I expected less of us. I think we played well. We are behind the penalty shootout, which may make us lose our heads. When we lead 2-1, we have 3 chances.”
At the same time, Juventus captain Andrea Agnelli said that although Cristiano Ronaldo has withdrawn from the 16th round of the Champions League for the first time since 2010, he will still stay at the club.
A report in France claimed that Ronaldo wanted to move to Paris Saint-Germain. Sources told ESPN, but the Ligue 1 team is prioritizing the renewal of key players Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
Agnelli said: “I fully believe that he will stay.” “I think this report dates back to an interview a few months ago, and this interview happened to be released before we played against the French team. This is An ancient media method. No, I can assure you that Ronaldo is still the backbone of Juventus.”