Sarri Leaves Chelsea for Juventus
The long-rumored move over the past few weeks of Maurizio Sarri leaving Chelsea to take over at Juventus as the replacement for Massimiliano Allegri happened this weekend.
Chelsea released the following statement, “the two clubs have reached an agreement for the early termination of Sarri’s contract with Chelsea FC which had two years left to run and is ending at his request.”
Sarri never received acceptance from the Chelsea fan base as the club struggled in the middle of the English Premier League season. Sarri’s stubbornness to stick with his tactics and unwillingness to adapt strategy against the bigger clubs made him unpopular.
Sarri insisted in playing midfielder Jorginho in front of the two center backs instead of N’Golo Kante who he moved further up the pitch. Jorginho struggled with man-marking against biggest clubs and often exploited due to his lack of pace and defensive deficiencies.
Sari, however, led Chelsea to the Europa League title and a top-three finish ensuring the club will play in the Champions League group stage this fall. The 60-year old coach now will return to his homeland where expectations for the club are high as Cristiano Ronaldo will enter his second season with the club.
Chelsea will now look to find Sarri’s replacement with early front runners being Allegri, Chelsea legends Frank Lampard and John Terry, Javi Gracia, former manager Jose Mourinho, and Wolverhampton manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
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