Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has described Chelsea as a team of individuals, but effective, players compared to his former side Napoli who he says could all play well together.
Sarri made the comments during his official unveiling as Juventus’ new coach on Thursday morning.
The Italian left Chelsea for Juventus after just one season at Stamford Bridge.
He guided Chelsea to the Europa League title and a third place finish in the Premier League.
Reflecting back on the differences between Chelsea and Napoli, Sarri told reporters: “Chelsea is a team made up of players, probably who have a higher technical level but with individual characteristics.
“They have players who play on the flank, want to play one v ones so from that point of view, the football they play is less fluid, less smooth.
“Compared to Napoli where they could all play well [together], at Chelsea there were seven or eight players playing individualistically. They were effective, solid and that was so not so easy to defeat.”
Sarri was heavily criticised by Chelsea fans and the English media during his time at Chelsea and the Italian insists he has emerged stronger from the criticisms.
“I arrived from the lower divisions, from Empoli to Napoli then Chelsea, they were all sceptical, the supporters were sceptical,” he said.
“I thought there would be less scepticism but it’s normal there is scepticism and criticism. There is one way to remove it, to win – that’s the only way. To entertain and obtain results. I don’t see any other way.”
He added: “The world of the English media is well known to everyone – there are some great newspapers and also some tabloids, whose quality is lower.
“All the criticism, attacks and pressure you have to undergo will strengthen you and become stronger.”