It’s probably fair to say the potential of “Sarriball” will never never be witnessed at Stamford Bridge. While signs popped up when the Blues steamrolled London rivals Arsenal to clinch the UEFA Europa League, that could be the end of the Italian experiment.
According to Sky Sports Italia via Fox Sports, Juventus have apparently agreed on a deal to make him their new manager, and in our minds, this could be especially gutting for Chelsea. After playing some rather beautiful football in the otherwise dreary Baku final, in which Chelsea had 8 shots on target (stats Fotmob), scored 4 times and tore them apart, the alleged fan base disapproval of his style did seem to disappear, at least temporarily.
In a season during which he brought the best out of Eden Hazard, handed a debut to the talented Callum Hudson-Odoi and helped Chelsea to a third place league finish and two cup finals, it’d be fair to say Sarri probably made the best out of a bad situation.
Indeed, managing to keep up Chelsea’s impressive trophy-winning record and a 63.49% win-rate (per BBC Sport) clearly suggests he was doing something right. All this without a proper pre-season, too.
While BBC Match of the Day pundits Stephen Warnock and Jermaine Jenas (via Daily Star) slammed him for his “boring” style in April, his record this season is hugely promising. Well, would have been for next season if a move back to Serie A wasn’t seemingly on the cards.
Indeed, David Luiz (via Sky Sports) even praised him for sticking to his principles during tough times after the Europa League success.
Now that he’s potentially on the brink of leaving, Chelsea’s cycle of hunting for a new manager starts again. Frank Lampard seems like the most obvious link but, after just one season at Derby County, there isn’t much of a managerial record from which to go off. Sarri, meanwhile, did his the world of good and could leave the Blues wondering what might have been.
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