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Maurizio Sarri’s brand of football during his time at Napoli earned him a move to Chelsea in the summer of 2018.
His style of football wasn’t accepted by many Chelsea fans. His tactics was also questioned by fans at the club and pundits in England, with the 60-year-old constantly having to try to justify the reasons behind deploying N’Golo Kante in an advanced midfield role while simultaneously persisting with Jorginho as the deep-lying midfielder.
Sarri has claimed he was ‘defined as a Taliban’ during his time at Chelsea for wanting to impose his own style of football.
Now at Juventus, the Italian has abandoned his familiar style to accommodate attacking players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala into the team but is still facing criticism.
Sarri believes regardless of the way his side plays, he will always face a losing battle in trying to keep his critics happy.
Sarri said: “I was defined as a Taliban because I always wanted to play my football, now it’s not good enough because I adapt to the different characteristics of my players.”