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Four reasons why Sarri is not the right fit for Juventus

  • A look at the reasons why Sarri is far from the the ideal fit for Juventus.
Shikhil Vyas
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Modified 20 Sep 2019, 17:04 IST

#2 The Juventus scenario

Juventus have been a dominant force Serie A
Juventus have been a dominant force Serie A

After looking at Sarri’s style of play and his time at Chelsea and Napoli, it is pretty clear that Sarri is no quick fix. His football is based on a clear ideology and as seen last year in London, Sarri can be too rigid at times. He is seen as not flexible enough to change his style based on the opposition.

During one instance last season, when reporters asked him if he’ll resort to changing his style of play, he remained adamant that the problem was not his style but the improper implementation of it.

“My target is to play my football, not to change to another football because at the moment we are playing another football”, said Sarri after being thrashed 6-0 by Manchester City.

Though clearly talented, this kind of coach would suit a long-term project unlike that at Juventus. After eight years of dominance in the domestic league, the Old Lady failed to capture the European crown once again. Juventus clearly have a capable squad.

They are in need of a pragmatist (like Zidane) who can make use of this bunch of superstars and claim the elusive Champions League title. They don’t necessarily need a long-term coach like Sarri to build a project from scratch. Ronaldo, Chiellini, and Bonucci ain’t getting any younger even though Rabiot, Ramsey, and de Ligt have given much needed boost to this squad. After getting to two UCL finals in the past five years, Juventus will be desperate to claim their first European title since 1996.

#3 Rivalry with Napoli

Juventus and Napoli have a long-standing rivalry.
Juventus and Napoli have a long-standing rivalry.

Italy can be a really passionate place for the fans of football. In this country, football has a bigger aura due to its representation of the political climate in the country. For years, people have used this sport to raise their voices. The Italians are surely among one of the most passionate football fans in the world.

Inside Italy, nothing exemplifies this passion better than Napoli. The only club from the city of Naples, the third largest city in Italy (after Rome and Milan). The city falls in the South of Italy which has suffered from poverty, unemployment, and organized crime and shares a rivalry with the North, which is considered more prosperous. Nothing exemplifies it better than Juventus and Napoli.

Juventus are one of the most successful clubs in Italy. From the North of Italy, the club is owned by the super-rich Agnelli Family.

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The political history of the country shaped the footballing rivalry of Juventus and Napoli. Napoli are the only team from the South of Italy to win the Serie A title (along with Cagliari). Maradona almost single-handedly won Napoli two Serie A crowns. This was much more than just a league win. It was the victory of the underdog South over the dominant North. Due to this, Maradona is revered as a God in the city of Naples. The amount of love the Neapolitans have for Maradona has only grown over time. Neapolitans are truly passionate in love as they are in their hate. Gonzalo Higuain, after switching Napoli for Juventus, experienced this first hand.

.His appointment at Juventus has already angered a lot of fans in Napoli and Juve fans might also take time to warm up to him.

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Published 19 Sep 2019, 21:40 IST
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