Sarri: They called me Taliban for playing my football

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Maurizio Sarri had a fairly successful season with Chelsea as the Italian spent just one year in charge of the Blues before returning to the Serie A to manage Juventus after just a year in charge at the Bridge.

Sarri won the Europa League with Chelsea last season and also guided the Blues to a third place finish and also the Carabao Cup final.

Sarri-ball was the name given to Sarri’s football philosophy, but it was widely criticised during his time in England.

Juve play a slightly different system now under Sarri, and he has revealed how disappointed he is for being criticised no matter what he tries to do.

“I was defined as a Taliban because I always wanted to play my football,” said Sarri, “now it’s not good enough because I adapt to the different characteristics of my players.”

Sarri added: “If I had to listen to or read the things that are said about Juventus, I would go crazy. I just get on with my work.

“I would like to see the most consistent team and certain attitudes, but we must take into consideration the different characteristics of our players.”

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