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It’s now official that Maurizio Sarri has left Chelsea to return to Italy and become Juventus manager. The rumours of Sarri’s exit have been making the rounds, and Chelsea have now lost the Italian to Juventus after just a year at the club.
Sarri guided Chelsea to a third place finish in the Premier League and success in the Europa League in his only season at Chelsea, becoming the fifth manager to coach Chelsea to a European trophy.
The 60-year-old moved to London last summer, joining the Blues from Napoli, and he guided Chelsea to an unbeaten start to the campaign before the loss at Tottenham in November. Sarri’s struggles at Chelsea began after the defeat to Spurs and from then on the team started to disappoint. Heavy defeats to Bournemouth and Manchester City made Sarri’s stay at Chelsea become unsure as news began to spread of an impending sack. But the Italian managed to hold on to the job until the end of the season.
Towards the end of the season, Chelsea picked back form and capitalised on the poor run of results suffered by Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United, to take the third spot. Sarri also led Chelsea to become Europa League champions, beating Arsenal 4-1 in the final.
It was expected that Sarri will remain at the club after a somewhat successful first season, but the Italian chose to leave Stamford Bridge for Turin just after a year at the club.
It might not make sense that Sarri won’t be able to build on what he started last season, but there are two major reasons letting him go is also a right decision for the club.
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