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Sarri backed to deliver Champions League glory to Juventus

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Mohamed Sissoko reckons Maurizio Sarri could bring that “something extra” next season to help Juventus win the Champions League.

It’s now been 23 years since Juventus last lifted the Champions League. They’ve since reached the final on five occasions, but have come up short on each attempt.

Following five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival from Real Madrid last summer, the Bianconeri hoped it would finally be their year.

But Juventus instead suffered a shock quarter-final exit at the hands of Ajax, which evidently proved to be Massimiliano Allegri’s downfall. The Italian coach has now vacated his post, with the club looking for a worthy replacement.

Italian media have named Chelsea manager Sarri as the favourite after a solid debut campaign in England. The 60-year-old led the Blues to a third-place Premier League finish and Europa League glory.

A three-year deal is reportedly in the pipeline for Sarri, who fancies a return to his homeland. Although there has yet to be any word of confirmation from either Juventus or Chelsea.

Nonetheless, Sissoko reckons Juventus will be ready for Champions League glory next season with or without Sarri.

“Time will tell if Juve deserve to win the Champions League,” the former Juventus midfielder told Sky Sport Italia.

“I think they are ready to win it now, and next year we’ll see if they can do it, but I believe they can.

“Sarri could bring something extra, that style they have been lacking, but they will be ready to win the Champions League next year.”

On Saturday, it also emerged that Chelsea are reportedly willing to part with Sarri this summer.