Sarri Returns Home to Italy, Leaving Chelsea for Juventus

Naples native, Maurizio Sarri, has agreed to become the manager of Juventus. They and Chelsea have agreed on a contract termination after one season where he saw success on the field with results and an Europa League Trophy. Additionally, Chelsea under Sarri lost in penalties in the EFL Cup finals to Man City who swept the English Trophies for the 2018-2019 season. However, the fans image of him was quite different.

It may not have been a perfect culture fit or his style of play did not mesh with the supporters. This led to a rocky relationship. Once the opening at Juventus was available and he was offered, it was a straightforward to accept. If this position did not become available, he would be returning to Chelsea for his second season. Finishing third in the table behind possibly the greatest Premier League teams assembled in Man City and Liverpool along with winning the Europa League, there should have be a sense of confidence behind the manager and team. That was not the case and Sarri is on his way back to his homeland.

His managing career began in 1990 and saw him with an Italian side for the entirety except for last season at Stamford Bridge. Success should be expected and eminent at Juventus who are eyeing to be atop Serie A for the ninth straight season. Daniel Scotti of the Action Network provided similar expectations, “I expect Sarri to succeed at Juventus, more so than he would have in London. The personnel is there at Juve for Sarri (Lord knows they have enough talented central midfielders) to implement his tiqui-taca style of football – but it will require a total commitment (and overhaul) from the Champions.”

Sarri is a system manager where he deploys a heavy possession and high press-based style in a 4-3-3 format. This strategy would give Cristiano Ronaldo more touches and opportunities to score or create goals. Giving Ronaldo and company more touches and opportunities seem like a no-brainer for continued success. Juventus last season under their previous manage Massimiliano Allegri, Ronaldo scored 21 goals and provides 8 assists in Serie A competitions. These numbers should increase under Sarri.

The potential match of next season in Serie A will be when Juventus travels to Naples to take on Napoli. The schedule is set to be announced mid-July so keep an eye out for this match. Sarri made a name for himself and Napoli when he managed them from 2015-2018. His squad finished in second in two seasons and third in his other. Since 2015 over four seasons, he boasts 100-31-21 in League play and Napoli recorded 91 points in the 2017-2018 season. Returning to manage an opposing team in your hometown must be an incredible experience and for someone who was yearning to return from London to Italy, he will take great pride in this match.

One of the other most notable events to happen during Sarri in his Chelsea career, was the match against Cardiff City. The Blues supporters showed their disdain with him when chanted about “Sarri-ball” that included profanity. It was a strange affair between the manager and the supporters because upper management within Chelsea bought into his systematic style, but the fans never did. He did not have the best relationship with the London media either, so an eventual departure was eminent if second season would have gone identical to the first.

If you are unaware, Maurizio Sarri is notorious for his cigarette smoking. It has been stated he consumes up to eighty a day. While managing the matches, he can be seen chewing a cigarette butt in his mouth. Unlike English and United States’ stadiums, smoking at your seat is allowed in Italy.

Thanks to Daniel Scotti of the Action Network for taking the time and contributing. He can be followed on twitter @scottipippen.

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