Paulo Sousa hopes to be a future boss of Juventus

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Seamus Leonard

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Paulo Sousa has admitted it is his dream to manage former club Juventus one day.

The former Portugal international, who is currently in charge of Ligue 1 side Bordeaux, helped Juve win Serie A and the Champions League during his two seasons in Turn from 1994 to 1996.

The 49-year-old has not exactly enjoyed a stellar managerial career to date, though he has won league titles in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv and in Switzerland with Basel.

He also spent two years in charge at Fiorentina.

Despite not yet managing any of Europe’s top clubs, Sousa still aims to get the opportunity to steer the Old Lady at some point.

“I always dreamed of working for a club that would allow me to train champions and aim for success,” Sousa told Tuttosport.

“Juventus would without doubt fit that bill. I hope to one day deserve my place on that bench, not because I am friends with President Andrea Agnelli, but because they believe I can bring something important.”

Until that day comes, Sousa believes current Juve boss Mauricio Sarri is the right man for the job.

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“It was a courageous decision from Juve and a very good one, as I believe Sarri has left his mark on football with his style and approach,” Sousa said.

“It has always been good for me to face Sarri, as he is a coach who forces you to think about football at a superior level. I also think he’s a winner, as he proved at Chelsea.”

Sousa’s Bordeaux side were sitting in 12th spot in Ligue 1 before games were suspended due to the Covid-19 crisis.