Andrea Pirlo appointed as new Juventus head coach after Maurizio Sarri’s sacking

Andrea Pirlo appointed as new Juventus head coach after Maurizio Sarri’s sacking

Under Sarri, Juventus suffered a round of 16 exit to the French club despite a 2-1 win on Friday night, losing on the away goals rule as the tie ended 2-2 on aggregate.

Juventus have appointed Andrea Pirlo as coach just hours after sacking Maurizio Sarri following the club's Champions League elimination against Lyon, the club announced on Saturday.

Most teams ease off the pedal once a title is secured, but Sarri's side stalled after that win.

Sarri is now in a happier position than Juve, who will gamble that a new man can take them further next season while hinging everything on the striker they have so much invested in.

Lyon hadn't stepped in to the field in the past five months as France's Ligue 1 was cancelled because of the coronavirus.

"The regret is to have missed the first half in Lyon".

"I actually expected less from us, I think we played a great game".

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.

"In Europe we have to do much more".

"I don't think my future is riding on this game", said Sarri as Juventus look to keep their hopes of a first European title since 1996 on track.

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

According to reports in Italy, this decision was taken by Juventus president Andrea Agnelli.

"In the Champions League it's disappointing because we had a dream". We need to be disappointed to exit the competition like this, we will take a few days to evaluate how to restart with fresh enthusiasm.

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