Maurizio Sarri may have managed his last match for Juventus after the Bianconeri were shockingly eliminated by Lyon in Champions League round of 16.
Despite being better on the night, the critical away goal issue came to ghost the old lady. While Juve won the 2nd leg by 2-1, courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo’s brilliancy, Lyon proceeded on away goals and extending Juve’s wait for Champions League glory to 25 years.
Questions will be asked as to how Juventus, who made such big investments after reaching CL finals on earlier two occasions, have been eliminated by a club that finished 7th in Ligue 1.And the first person in the line of fire would be Sarri.
“I don’t think directors of a top-level club will make a decision based on one match,” said Sarri
The signs had been always there. The losses to bottom half clubs in Serie A.Finishing below 90 points for the 1st time in 4 years. Overdependecy on CR7 and Dybala duo. But it all was brushed aside by the fact that Juventus had just won the 9th consecutive Scudetto and were eyeing European glory.
But that excuse is now gone. And the sack seems imminent.
However, Sarri believes he won’t be judged on the basis of 1 match.
“They are going to evaluate the whole season. I find this kind of question offensive, but not towards me, it’s offensive towards the directors.” Sarri claimed.
“I have a contract, I’ll respect it and I don’t expect anything,” he added.
Juventus are “cursed” in the Champions League
Sarri also bizarrely insisted that he was happy with Juventus’ performance.
“If I weren’t so bitter, I would get out of this match with a smile on my face, because I saw the lads in good shape again, they gave all they had, they fought until the end, they put their heart and soul into the match. I appreciated it.” claimed the ex, Chelsea manager.
The words of President Andrea Agnelli, following #JuveOL.
— JuventusFC (#Stron9er 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆) (@juventusfcen) August 7, 2020
“If there were a Champions League table we would be first or second. Instead, we are out. That’s why I feel incredibly sad. It makes me understand that in this competition Juventus are cursed.”
Earlier on the night, both Juventus and Lyon were awarded controversial penalties, before Cristiano Ronaldo rolled back years to score a stunner of a goal and put the old lady back in the game. But in the end, it was too little, too late.
The Twitterati expectedly had some interesting takes on the entire episode-
— footballtraveller (@footballtravel5) August 7, 2020
Cristiano Ronaldo will not feature in the #UCL quarter-finals for the first time in 10 seasons:
2009-10: Defeated by Lyon in Round of 16
2019-20: Defeated by Lyon in Round of 16
Lyon dishing out the L's ⛔️ pic.twitter.com/jLF6b2f96Z
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 7, 2020
Real Madrid and Juventus knocked out in the same night.
— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) August 7, 2020
— SAKIB (@Sakib511) August 8, 2020
What’s next for Bianconeri-
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 7, 2020
The season ends for the Old Lady on an extremely low note and the future of many key components hangs in the balance. Does Dybala extend his contract? Does Sarri continue?
And the biggest of them all-Does CR7 stay at Turin to deliver what he promised to Bianconeri fans 2 years ago?