Maurizio Sarri has defended his football philosophy and says he has taken a step up after swapping Chelsea for Juventus. Despite some negative reaction from sections of the Chelsea fan base who were not convinced by his style of play, Sarri guided Chelsea to the Carabao Cup final, where they were beaten on penalties by Manchester City, and a third-place finish in the Premier League.
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The Italian ended the campaign on a high as Chelsea defeated Arsenal in the Europa League final before taking up the opportunity to return to his homeland. Sarri, though, rejected suggestions his sides only play one way. “In the last few years I always started the season with one formation and then ended it with another,” he said.
“I don’t know what ‘Sarrismo’ (Sarri-ball) is. I read about it but I have always been so, changing thanks to experiences but remaining faithful to the concepts. I am a direct person, perhaps too much, and this leads to clashes but they are solvable.”
Former manager Massimiliano Allegri left at the end of the season with Juve winning an eighth successive Serie A title. “I’m happy to be at the most important team in Italy and this is a further step forward after the experience at Chelsea,” Sarri added. “It’s the crowning achievement of a long career, that for 80 percent of it was extremely tough.”