Zola: Chelsea Were Wrong To Let Sarri Go

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After just one year as Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri decided to quit his job and move to the Serie A where he will manage Juventus next season.

Sarri faced intense pressure in his first year as Chelsea boss, with the English press criticising the Italian’s style of play. But at the end, Sarri ended up winning the Europa League with Chelsea and also achieved a third place finish.

Sarri’s assistant Gianfranco Zola has now revealed that Chelsea were wrong to let go of Sarri, insisting that the Italian would have done a better job in his second season.

Asked if he would have liked to stay at Chelsea, Zola told talkSPORT: “Yes, very much.

“I think the best of Maurizio’s work comes not in the first year but more from the second year onwards.

“Looking at the way he works, it takes a little bit of time to put in place what he wants to do and also he is very demanding on the players.

“But, after the players get used to it, they get better and better and the work becomes more effective.

“It’s a pity, because I think it would have been good for the club if Maurizio stayed and it would have been good for Maurizio as well.”

After his exit, Sarri revealed being Juventus boss is the crowning moment of his career and thanked Chelsea for letting him go.

Sarri said: “The negotiations with Chelsea lasted less than a month. We all had clear ideas from the start, but you have to respect a contract and two big clubs.

“I thank Chelsea for their stance, as Marina Granovskaia confirmed herself one of the best directors out there.

“The Premier League was a great experience, but in the latter half, I felt professional and personal needs to return to Italy.

“Juventus gave me that opportunity and it’s the crowning moment of a career that for 80 per cent of it was extremely tough.

“When Juventus contacted me, the feeling was strong. I’ve never seen a club so determined to get a coach in my 30 years here and that is what convinced me.”

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