Maurizio Sarri has admitted that he regrets pushing for a Chelsea exit after spending just 1 season at the club and described the decision as a sensational mistake.
The Italian manager got his wish and joined Juventus in 2019. However, looking back presently, he feels it was not good of him to agitate for a return to Italy, adding that Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia wanted him to stay put at Stamford Bridge.
He is now Lazio’s boss but pointed that Chelsea’s current team suits his playing style. He made this known in a chat with AlfredoPedulla.com: ‘At Chelsea, I made a sensational mistake, that of wanting to return to Italy at all costs.
‘Marina stonewalled me to leave Chelsea, I had this desire to return to Italy. Chelsea are a great club, in the following years they have taken many young people suitable for me.
‘I experienced a particular year, in which Abramovich could not enter England and we had an owner who was not present in the area.
‘A rather difficult situation, all in the hands of Marina and she had a thousand problems to solve, the football aspect was in the hands of us of the staff, not having the economic power available.
‘Then came Werner, Havertz, Mount, Ziyech: all suited to me and my way of playing.’
Sarri’s final game as Chelsea boss was the 4:1 demolition of city rivals Arsenal in the Europa League final in 2019, and it was his first major silverware honor as a coach They also finished third in the Premier League in the same season.
Regardless, the Italian was not popular amongst the Chelsea fan base and there were calls for him to be replaced with Derby manager and club legend Frank Lampard. The Englishman eventually replaced Sarri but was sacked in January after 18 months in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard and the decision paid off as the German manager led Chelsea to UEFA Champions League triumph in the 2020/21 season.
Meanwhile, Sarri spent the 2019/20 season as Juve manager before being sacked and replaced by Andrea Pirlo even after winning the Serie A. The latter has since been sacked and replaced by Massimiliano Allegri.
Speaking about his time at Juventus, Sarri said his success at the club was not held in high esteem: ‘It was taken for granted,’ ‘I think mine was not celebrated very much.’
On being replaced by an inexperienced Pirlo, he added: ‘This is the Guardiola effect that did so much damage in the end. An exception was taken as if it were a rule and you run the risk of burning some guys who would be great coaches after a few years.
‘Sometimes there is a risk of hindering the careers of young people who could become very good with a little more experience.’