Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri was devastated on Friday by his team’s last-16 Champions League exit to Olympique Lyonnais but said he did not believe he would be judged solely on a match which saw them go out on goal difference after winning 2-1 on the night.
Despite winning a ninth successive Serie A title last month, Sarri’s team have not managed to convince the critics during his first season in charge. Their failure to even match last season’s quarter-finals performance in the Champions League has added to the pressure on the 61-year-old.
“If there wasn’t this great dismay, I would be very happy,” Sarri said after his side were knocked out on away goals following a 2-2 aggregate draw.
“There was a pretty evident foul on Higuaín. The penalty we received seems to me very questionable.” he added.
Sarri pointed out that his side had dropped only two points in the group stage and were unbeaten in the competition until their 1-0 first leg defeat to Lyon in March, before the COVID-19 outbreak interrupted the season for three months.
On his future, he said: “You are asking me to tell you what I would say to the president, and I think it is a bit too much, honestly. I would like to speak to the presidents first.”
Lyon coach Rudi Garcia was very happy to have beaten Juventus, explaining he was proud of his team and looking forward to playing Manchester City in the quarter-finals.
“We did well against Juventus and we’ll do everything we can to do the same against Manchester City”, he said during the news conference.