Juventus sacks Sarri after Champions League exit

Serie A champion Juventus has sacked coach Maurizio Sarri after one season following its Champions League exit on Friday night.

Juventus won Serie A for the ninth season in a row last month but was knocked out of the Champions League in the last 16.   -  AP Photo

Serie A club Juventus has sacked coach Maurizio Sarri after one season in charge, following the team's elimination from the Champions League in the round of 16 on Friday, the Turin club said in a statement.

The 61-year-old was dismissed despite leading Juventus to the Serie A title two weeks ago, its ninth in a row.

“Juventus Football Club announces that Maurizio Sarri has been relieved of his post as coach of the First Team,” the club said on its website.

 

“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,” it added.

Sarri had been under pressure since his side lost to Napoli on penalties in the final of the Coppa Italia in June.

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Juventus has become so dominant in Serie A in the last decade that winning the domestic league is regarded as almost an obligation, while the Champions League - which the side has not won since 1996 - is regarded as its main target.

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