Juventus ‘crowning moment’ of Sarri’s career

“He was absolutely the first choice,” said Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici of Sarri.

“We chose Maurizio because we felt he was the best coach for Juventus right now, just as Allegri was five years ago and (Antonio) Conte three years before that,” 

“Sarri showed he can win in the Premier League and internationally, so he’s the right man for the job.

Alegri paid the price for another Champions League failure despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s 100-million-euro ($115 million) signing.

Sarri said he was relishing the chance to coach five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo.

“I coached some very strong players, but training him will be yet another step forward,” he said. 

“I’d like to help him break some new records.”

The Champions League is the top target for Juventus who have not won the European title since 1996.

“At European level we have this dream, this target we have to pursue with great determination but also great difficulty,” he said.

“Juventus will start with the target of winning the Champions League but with the knowledge there are another eight or nine clubs that can win.”

The former Empoli coach said that he would try to prove his critics wrong once again.

“I arrive surrounded by sceptics, but then I always am. I had the same at Empoli, Napoli and Chelsea.

“In football, I know only one way of removing scepticism from the minds of people by winning convincingly. 

“I haven’t won a lot, but I believe that having fun on the pitch doesn’t stop you winning.

“You can’t think that just because a team is having fun they are superficial and not determined.”

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