English Premiership

Sarri issues parting dig at Chelsea

2019-06-21 15:17
Maurizio Sarri
Maurizio Sarri (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Maurizio Sarri has issued a parting dig at Chelsea after agreeing to become Juventus manager and defended his football philosophy.

Despite some negative reaction from sections of the Chelsea fan base who were not convinced by his style of play, Sarri guided Chelsea to the Carabao Cup final, where they were beaten on penalties by Manchester City and a third-place finish in the Premier League.

The Italian ended the campaign on a high as Chelsea defeated Arsenal in the Europa League final before taking up the opportunity to return to his homeland.

Sarri, though, rejected suggestions his sides only play one way.

"In the last few years I always started the season with one formation and then ended it with another," he said.

"I don’t know what 'Sarrismo' (Sarri-ball) is.

"I read about it, but I have always been so, changing thanks to experiences but remaining faithful to the concepts.

"I am a direct person, perhaps too much, and this leads to clashes, but they are solvable."

He added: "I’m happy to be at the most important team in Italy and this is a further step forward after the experience at Chelsea," Sarri added.

"It’s the crowning achievement of a long career, that for 80% of it was extremely tough."


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