Former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed he regretted leaving Chelsea after just one year into his managerial stint with the South London club. The Italian left Chelsea after winning the Europa League to take over the reigns at Juventus.
Sarri, who was on a long sabbatical after leaving Juventus will begin his adventure again in Italy with Lazio this season. Speaking to SportItalia’s Alfredo Pedullà, Sarri revealed he regretted the decision to leave Chelsea. The Italian said “At Chelsea I made a sensational mistake, that of wanting to return to Italy at all costs. Marina stonewalled me to leave Chelsea, I had this desire to return to Italy.”
“Chelsea are a great club, in the following years they took many young people suitable for me. I lived a particular year, a rather difficult situation, everything in the hands of Marina and she had a thousand problems to solve, the football aspect was in the hands of the staff, not having the economic power available. Then came Werner, Havertz, Mount, Ziyech: all suitable for me and my way to play.”
Jorginho, who was brought to Chelsea during Sarri’s reign was initially seen as the manager’s favourite player. Speaking on Jorginho, Sarri said “When I started dealing with Chelsea [Jorginho] was signing with City, we were able to intervene and bring him to Chelsea.”
“They struggled, fans and journalists, to understand this boy’s game. Then he exploded in popularity also in England, now I have seen that he’s been made [vice-]captain. He deserves it.”
“If he wins the European Championship too, it is clear that he would become [a candidate for the Ballon d’Or]. He is a refined player, probably not understandable by everyone. You have to put your eyes on him and only watch him in the game. He is so good and intelligent that he makes everything seem easy, rarely do you. something spectacular remains in the eye. This is its greatness.”
“In my opinion Jorginho is more suitable for [a midfield] three than two, he is very intelligent and adapts to everything. Kante is monstrous, at very high speed he makes 3.5 km while the average is 2.2. He recovers a thousand balls, he can play two or three.”