Juventus appoint club legend Andrea Pirlo as new coach after sacking Maurizio Sarri

Serie A Giant  Juventus have appointed Andrea Pirlo as manager on a two-year deal after sacking Maurizio Sarri following the club’s Champions League elimination against Lyon.

The Italian giants sacked Sarri after just one season despite winning Serie A and replace him with former midfielder a week after he was hire as Under-23 boss.

Pirlo played 164 games for Juventus between 2011 and 2015 and won four Serie A titles in Turin after joining from AC Milan, with whom he spent most of his career and won two Champions League and two league titles.

Pirlo, who won 116 caps for Italy and helped them to win the 2006 World Cup, retired in 2017 having spent two years in Major League Soccer at New York City FC after leaving Juventus.

After he was appointed Under-23 boss, Pirlo said he would like to have the same “journey” as Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.

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The former Chelsea boss, 61, only took charge of Juventus in June last year, signing a three-year contract and helping the club to win their ninth consecutive Serie A title last month.

On Friday, August 7, Juventus suffered a round-of-16 exit to the French club despite a 2-1 win, losing on the away goals after the tie ended 2-2 on aggregate.

It is the first time Juventus have failed to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League since 2015/16 under Massimiliano Allegri.

Sarri leaves Juventus with a record of 34 wins, eight draws, and nine defeats in 51 matches. Their tally of 83 points in Serie A this season was the lowest of their nine-season run of titles.

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