New Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri heaps praises on Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala
What's the story?
Italian manager Maurizio Sarri has been announced as the new head coach of Juventus. The 60-year-old recently signed a 3-year contract with the record Italian domestic title holders. He could not stop praising the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala and the added quality they bring to a team.
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Maurizio Sarri joined Chelsea last summer after a fairly successful 3-year spell at Napoli. He went on to have a good first year in England after taking Chelsea to a 3rd-place finish in the Premier League and brought the Europa League trophy to Stamford Bridge, which also marked the first trophy victory in his managerial career.
The former banker was linked to Juventus for a long time since the departure of Max Allegri was announced in May. Finally, after successful negotiations with the club management, Chelsea allowed him to leave and head back to his home country where he signed a contract with Juventus.
The heart of the matter
Maurizio Sarri spoke about him being sceptic on his new job and the difference Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala bring to the squad.
"I always arrive with some scepticism, as it already happened at Empoli, Napoli and Chelsea," he said.
"The only way to eliminate this scepticism is by winning and convincing people.
"Juventus are the most important team in Italy and their offer is the culmination of a very long career, 80 percent of which was very difficult.
"With Cristiano Ronaldo, we are at a higher level, as he is the best in the world.
"It is exciting to be able to coach him and I would like to help him overcome new challenges.
"When a player has the quality of [Paulo] Dybala or Ronaldo, they can play any role on the pitch and what can change is just the interpretation of that role.
"The philosophy of the game remains the same, but you have to have the intelligence to adapt it to the characteristics of the players."
Sarri has his job cut out as the Juventus management will be expecting him to help the club continue their domestic dominance along with better results in Europe. Knowing the conditions in Italy, he will be adjusting here sooner than he did at Chelsea.