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Fans call for Sarri's sack as Juve exit the UCL

Fans call for Sarri's sack as Lyon eliminate Juventus from the Champions League

August 7, 2020 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The future of the Italian coach is hanging in a balance after Friday's elimination from Europe's elite league.

Serie A champions Juventus were extraordinarily knocked out of the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League campaign despite winning 2-1 at home to Lyon on Friday. The Bianconeri's charge for the European title was dealt a massive blow by the away-goal rule following their 1-0 defeat in the reverse fixture.

For the umpteenth time this season, the Old Lady fell on the shoulders of posterboy Cristiano Ronaldo when it mattered most. This time, however, the forward could not save Sarri's sinking ship nor himself from failing to play in the Champions League quarter-final for the first time in 10 years despite scoring twice.

Essentially, the outcome of the Round of 16 tie safeguarded the former Real Madrid superstar's record as the scorer of all Juventus' seven knockout goals since his arrival in 2018. In the grand scheme of things, the feat of the player simply hints at the defunct system deployed by Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri that has repeatedly come under scrutiny.

Reports that emerged from Italy prior to Friday's encounter with Lyon suggested that the Bianconeri boss could be shown the exit door should he fall short of the objective of progressing to the Last 8 stage of the Champions League. As anticipated, fans are now calling for his immediate sack following Juve's exit.

Below are a few reactions:

 


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