Maurizio Sarri has now been confirmed as the new boss of Juventus, just weeks after guiding Chelsea to a 4-1 victory over Arsenal in the Europa League final.
Just days after Chelsea’s Europa League success, Sarri told the Chelsea board that he wanted to return to Italy amid interest from Juventus.
“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,” said Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia about Sarri’s decision to leave Chelsea.
“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.”
Sarri’s departure was expected by many but why did the Italian ask to leave Chelsea after just one season in charge?
Here are reasons why Sarri left Chelsea for Juventus:
1. Sarri never really connected with the fans
Sarri never really had a connection with Chelsea fans during his time at Chelsea. Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti were all loved by Chelsea fans but fans never really warmed up to Sarri, especially match-going fans.
Nothing Sarri did was right in the eyes of Chelsea fans as his tactics, team selections and substitutions were questioned by fans.
During games against Manchester United in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge and away at Cardiff, Chelsea fans called for the Italian to be sacked.
Chelsea fans were also not happy with Sarri’s reluctance to give Callum Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek playing time early in the season.
Fans were also not happy with the way former club captain Gary Cahill was treated by Sarri.
2. Eden Hazard leaving and transfer ban
Sarri might not admit it but Eden Hazard leaving the club this summer also played a role in his decision to leave Chelsea for Juventus.
The Belgian rescued Chelsea countless times last season and Sarri must have anticipated a tough season in his second season at Chelsea especially with Chelsea’s inability to sign players this summer.
Sarri isn’t known for giving youth a chance and with the club’s inability to sign players this summer, you wouldn’t expect the Italian to stay when Juventus come calling.
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