Friday night was a bad day for Real Madrid boss, Zidane Zidane and Juventus’ Maurizio Sarri as their teams crashed out of the ongoing UEFA Champion’s League.
Real suffered a humiliating 2-1 defeat by Manchester City in the second leg of a last-16 tie on Friday night, crashing out of the competition via a 4-2 aggregate result while Serie A champion, Juventus was edged out of the competition at the round 16 stage by Ligue 1 side, Lyon.
Friday’s defeat is the first for Zidane as a manager after winning the competition in his first three tries. City had defeated Los Blancos 2-1 in the first leg at Santiago Bernabeu all the way back in February before the coronavirus pandemic delayed the second leg for nearly six months.
Desperate to overcome a 1-0 deficit from the first leg in France six months ago prior to the coronavirus-forced break, Juve managed to win the home tie by 2 goals to 1, but were eliminated on away goals.
Speculation has been growing that Sarri’s position at the Old Lady is under threat despite winning the Serie A title last month – by an eventual one-point margin ahead of Inter.