Juventus director: ‘Decision to part ways with Sarri was before Lyon’

Juventus director Fabio Paratici has insisted that the result against Olympique Lyon in the Champions League wasn’t the main reason to part ways with Maurizio Sarri. The Italian revealed that the decision to part ways with Sarri after the season had already been made and that they were only waiting with a statement after their final game of the season.

“We had already made our evaluations before the Lyon result. We had already said, one game does not decide the future of a coach. Our evaluations were based on the whole season and not just a single match,” Paratici told Sky Sport Italia. “The decision for Pirlo was very natural, in the Juventus style, because he is someone who as we said just over a week ago played with us, has always been in contact with everyone here and it felt natural.”

“We also believe he is destined for greatness. He was as a player and we think with confidence he can do the same as a coach. Andrea has in his mind the same approach to coaching as he does when he played. That’s football of great quality and hard work. He wants to propose a certain type of football, the kind European teams are generally trying to follow, and he was very convincing in his explanation to us. The person is often more important than the professional, so we had no doubts on Pirlo as a person.”