Chelsea Football Club has confirmed that Maurizio Sarri has left Stamford Bridge for the Allianz Arena to manage Juventus on a 3-year contract.
The 60-year old became the 6th Italian manager of the club last summer when he joined from Napoli, arch-rivals of Juventus. He was bought in a deal along with Jorginho. He had a very successful start to his Chelsea career when he remained unbeaten until November, a record-breaking start to the Premier League as a manager.
Given the late appointment there wasn’t much time to make any permanent signings. He was left with a very bloated squad of Conte with few players he could rely on. His tactics were on a high and appreciated when they played some really good games and came out on top.
Trouble soon started when the squad lost form and also encountered some tough results which included massive loses gainst Bournemouth and Manchester City. There were reports of players losing confidence in him. There never was a good connection between them.
The ship was steadied primarily due to easy Europa League outings against weaker teams, the EFL cup final and the emergence of youth talent in Ruben Loftus-Cheek & Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Favourable results in the league and some good performances helped the club finish third. Champions League qualification, the season’s target was achieved. The success of the Europa league final was cherry on the cake.
A man who was never understood or loved at the bridge. All that the fans wanted was attacking football after Conte’s defensive 3-4-3. He needed time to do that, the least affordable commodity in the biggest club in London. You will always have enough money, talent or resources with you at Chelsea, but you will never have enough time.
There was also the case of his love for Italy. He wanted to go home.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: “In talks, we had following the Europa League final, Maurizio made it clear how strongly he desired to return to his native country, explaining that his reasons for wanting to return to work in Italy were significant.
He also believed it important to be nearer his family, and for the well-being of his elderly parents, he felt he needed to live closer to them at this point.
Maurizio leaves Chelsea with thanks from us all for the work he and his assistants did during the season he spent as our head coach, and for winning the Europa League, guiding us to another cup final and a third-place finish in the Premier League.
We would also like to congratulate him on securing the role as big as any in Serie A and to wish him the best of luck for the future.”
In a club where managers are sacked, he has left on his own terms. He is a stubborn man and will succeed anywhere he goes.