Juventus hand Pirlo his first manager’s role – Reuters India

(Reuters) – Serie A champions Juventus stunned Italian football on Saturday by naming world cup-winning midfielder Andrea Pirlo as manager on a two-year contract even though their former player has no previous experience in the role.

Pirlo, 41, was promoted to the senior job one week after being named coach of Juve’s under-23 side, who play in the Italian third tier, and without having taken charge of a match.

The decision came hours after the Turin club sacked coach Maurizio Sarri following their Champions League last-16 exit to Olympique Lyonnais on away goals on Friday..

Former Chelsea manager Sarri had been in charge for one season and led Juve to a ninth successive Serie A title but still fell well short of the enormous expectations at the club, who have set their hearts on winning the Champions League.

The presence of five-times World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo in attack has increased expectations.

“Today’s choice is based on the belief that Pirlo has what it takes to lead from his debut on the bench an expert and talented squad to pursue new successes,” Juve said in a statement here

“Today begins a new chapter of his career in the world of football, as it was said almost a week ago: from Maestr

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Champions League: Could Robert Lewandowski beat Cristiano Ronaldo’s record?

Champions League: Could Robert Lewandowski beat Cristiano Ronaldo’s record?
Robert Lewandowski has scored in 10 of Bayern Munich’s 11 matches since Bayern Munich returned to action in May

It’s already been a season of incredible numbers for Robert Lewandowski – but he insists he does not have his eye on a Cristiano Ronaldo record after firing Bayern Munich into the Champions League quarter-finals.

The 31-year-old Poland striker scored twice as the German champions beat Chelsea 4-1 on Saturday for a 7-1 aggregate win.

Lewandowski now has 13 goals in seven Champions League games this term and is four behind Ronaldo’s record haul in one season, scoring 17 in the competition for Real Madrid in 2013-14.

If Bayern Munich reach the final in Lisbon, that will be three more games for Lewandowski to surpass Ronaldo’s tally.

“It’s not a goal of mine,” said Lewandowski when asked about Ronaldo’s record.

“We have a few more games in the knockout round

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‘They sacked the wrong person’: Fans question Cristiano Ronaldo as striker sunbathes with girlfriend after Juventus axe boss Sarri

‘They sacked the wrong person’: Fans question Cristiano Ronaldo as striker sunbathes with girlfriend after Juventus axe boss Sarri

Fans have questioned Cristiano Ronaldo’s influence and even claimed he was involved in the sacking of Maurizio Sarri after Juventus’s Champions League defeat, while the sunbathing striker has said he is “analyzing ups and downs.”

Ronaldo revealed his thoughts on an underperforming season for Italian giants Juventus in the wake of their premature Champions League exit at home to Lyon on Friday, which saw beleaguered boss Maurizio Sarri sacked and replaced by club legend Andrea Pirlo the following day.

The forward scored a remarkable 37 goals for the club across the course of a season that frequently saw Sarri and the team accused of being too one-dimensional in directing all their tactical energies towards supplying their star performer.

He made no mention of his former manager in his address to fans and was pictured in a familiar pose on a sun lounger by the sea in a photo posted by girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez on Sunday, having reportedly bought a $7 million yacht to go with a limited edition Bugatti car worth almost $11 million.

“Since Ronaldo arrived, Juventus have sacked [Max] Allegri and now Sarri for underperforming,” pointed out one fan.

“Before him, they had [Allegri] employed for five straight years. They should really look at the common denominator in these last two seasons.”

Ronaldo has funded his lavish purchases with a salary that was recently revealed to be worth £31 million at the Serie A champions, giving him a basic wage that is around four times as much as the next highest earner at the club.

“Ronaldo is just a tall dictator,” argued one critic, claiming that the Portugal captain had directly advise

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Juve’s Champions League dream as elusive as ever despite Ronaldo – Reuters UK

(Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo was supposed to have helped Juventus fulfil their dream of winning the Champions League, yet Europe’s biggest trophy appears to have moved further from their grasp since his arrival.

Soccer Football – Champions League – Round of 16 Second Leg – Juventus v Olympique Lyonnais – Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy – August 7, 2020 Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo scores their first goal from the penalty spot, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

Having established domestic dominance in Italy and finished as Champions League runners-up in 2015 and 2017, Juventus saw Ronaldo as the missing piece in the jigsaw when they signed the Portuguese two seasons ago. But it has not worked out like that.

The Turin side went out in the quarter-finals last season after being outclassed by Ajax Amsterdam, and on Friday they exited the competition in the last 16 against Olympique Lyonnais despite winning th