Maurizio Sarri leaves England with his head held high, he won his first major trophy as a manager and guided Chelsea to a third-place finish, behind arguably two of the best teams the Premier League has ever seen.
Maurizio Sarri can leave England with his head held high. Indeed, he won his first major trophy as a manager and guided Chelsea to a third-place finish, behind arguably two of the best teams the Premier League has ever seen.
Yes, it’s not been easy for the former Napoli chief, but that’s a decent season whichever way you look at it.
Obviously, on Sunday, it was confirmed that the Italian would be returning to his homeland to take over as Juventus manager as they look to move on from the Max Allegri era while maintaining the Old Lady’s domestic dominance.
After a difficult season during there were a number of fan chants against Sarri and his style of play from the Chelsea faithful, it does seem that at least some at the club will miss him. Indeed, Antonio Rudiger, who was one of Sarri’s lynchpins in the side, has heaped praise on the former Napoli boss and claims he made him a better player.
Grazie Mister Sarri. You have taught me a lot & you’ve made me a better player. Thanks for this! Wishing you all the best and success for the future. #Hustle #AlwaysBelieve @ChelseaFC pic.twitter.com/t1FC0nBvIc
— Antonio Rüdiger (@ToniRuediger) June 16, 2019
Sarri certainly played Rudiger whenever he could and only an injury against Manchester United, in April, stopped the German playing any part in the Europa League win.
Rudiger made 37 appearances for Chelsea this season compared with 2017/18 where he only made 29, his average passes per game also increased from 63.3 to 76.9 and his successful pass completion rate increased from 89.5% to 91.5%. Not bad going.
Clearly, the former Roma man became a crucial part of Sarri’s Chelsea and is not the only one who grew as footballers under the 60-year-old’s guidance. While the likes of Kepa and Gary Cahill were involved in fairly public spats with Sarri, Rudiger is obviously one who benefitted from his style of coaching, so it’ll certainly be interesting to see how the club move on from him.
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