Former Italy and Juventus star Andrea Pirlo was Saturday named as the Italian champions’ new coach, the club announced.
SATURDAY FLAKES reports that Pirlo, 41, replaces Maurizio Sarri who was sacked after just one season as Juventus crashed out of the Champions League in the last 16 to French club Lyon on Friday.
Pirlo has signed a two-year contract.
Maurizio Sarri on Saturday after the Italian club’s Champions League last 16 exit to Lyon.
Despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s double in a 2-1 home win on Friday, Juve fell 2-2 on aggregate to the French club, ending their quest for a title they last won in 1996.
"Maurizio Sarri has been relieved of his post as coach of the first team,” the nine-time reigning Serie A champions said in a statement.
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Sarri, 61, replaced Massimiliano Allegri last season, after leading Chelsea to success in the Europa League.
“The club would like to thank the coach for having written a new page in Juventus’ history with the victory of the ninth-consecutive championship, the culmination of a personal journey that led him to climb all the divisions of Italian football,” the team.
Juventus’ Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo kicks the ball during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Juventus and Olympique Lyonnais (OL) (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)
Despite leading Juve to a ninth straight Scudetto, his first as a coach, Sarri paid for the club’s failure on the European stage.
Juve also lost in two finals this season, the Italian Cup and the Italian Super Cup. [AFP]
SATURDAY FLAKES had earlier reported that Lyon qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Friday despite losing 2-1 to Juventus in Turin.
A goal up after winning February’s first leg, French side Lyon will face Manchester City at the final tournament in Lisbon after drawing 2-2 on aggregate and going through on away goals. [AFP]
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