Premier League: Maurizio Sarri's 5 biggest victories as Chelsea manager
Football's worst-kept secret was officially announced this week as Chelsea FC confirmed Maurizio Sarri was leaving the club. Sarri has returned to his country to take on the mammoth task of being the Juventus manager on a three-year contract.
Even though Sarri and the Chelsea fans failed to see eye to eye, the Italian certainly did have some positive moments in charge of the club. He secured a Champions League position, a domestic cup final and a European trophy in his debut season in England.
Sarri achieved 40 victories out of the 63 games he was in charge, which included the longest unbeaten run at the start of a Premier League managerial career where he won an impressive 12 games on the bounce.
Although there were some seriously embarrassing defeats, such as the 6-0 defeat away against Manchester City, Sarri certainly proved his ability as a manager at the highest level of English football. But what were his five best victories as the Chelsea boss? Here's a list:
#5 Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League)
Any derby day victory is always something to brag about, but the circumstances surrounding this game made the result even more impressive. Chelsea had just been beaten in the Carabao Cup final in their previous outing, and the squad showed fantastic mental toughness to rebound from that and secure an important three points against Tottenham.
Rumours had been swirling throughout the build-up about Sarri's future due to the circumstances surrounding Kepa Arrizabalaga defying his orders during the final. However, Sarri showed his strength as a manager by dropping his number one goalkeeper, despite the importance of the fixture.
Thankfully, that decision had no impact on the game as Chelsea defended perfectly, ensuring Tottenham didn't have a single shot on target the entire game. A strike from Pedro and an own goal from Kieran Trippier earned the victory in a fantastic result for the club.