Juventus dismissed coach Maurizio Sarri this Saturday, after the elimination suffered this Friday, in the round of 16 of the Champions League, against Lyon.
“Juventus announces that Maurizio Sarri has been dismissed as coach of the first team. The club wishes to thank the coach for having written a new page in the history of ‘bianconera’ with the victory of the ninth consecutive title, which crowned a personal path that led him to climb all the categories of Italian football “, reads the official statement published by the club.
Sarri, who came to Juventus in the summer of 2019 to replace Massimiliano Allegri, five-time champion of Italy and four-time champion of the Italian Cup, had a contract in force until 2022.
The European failure was the last straw that convinced the Juventus board to change their technical guide, after a season ended with the ninth consecutive league title, but also with defeats in the Italian Cup final and in the Italian Super Cup.
Hired to lead a change in philosophy at Juventus and bet on a more attractive game, Sarri failed to convey his tactical ideas to the players and his team lost defensive strength, without shining in terms of performance.
The coach had already shown signs of tension on the eve of the round of 16 against Lyon, when he considered the questions about his future as an “insult to a top-level board and not fans, who do not make decisions depending on a single match”.
The Bosnian Miralem Pjanic, a Juventus midfielder who will move to Barcelona from next season, acknowledged at the end of the match against Lyon that the squad failed to assimilate Sarri’s ideas and that there was never a decisive “spark”.
The Argentine Mauricio Pochettino, who is free after being dismissed by Tottenham, Simone Inzaghi, Lazio coach, and even the French Zinedine Zidane, coach of Real Madrid, are some of the names that circulate in the Italian press as possible substitutes for