Maurizio Sarri admits that managing Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus was “not simple” The former Chelsea boss says he made a mistake in leaving Stamford Bridge after just one season. The Italian tactician spent the 2019-20 campaign in charge of the Serie A giants in Turin.
WHAT HAS BEEN SAID?
Sarri, who has been out of labor since leaving Juve, has told SportItalia of managing a Portuguese five-time Ballon d’Or winner: “Managing Ronaldo isn’t simple, from all points of view.
“He’s a multinational company, he has personal interests that has got to coincide with football.
“HIS INTERESTS TRANSCEND NORMALCY, BEYOND THE TEAM OR CLUB. I’M A TUTOR, NOT A MANAGER. RONALDO, HOWEVER, BRINGS THE NUMBERS AT THE TOP OF THE YEAR. BUT IN RECENT YEARS, I HEAR LOTS ABOUT PLAYERS AND SMALL ABOUT TEAMS.”
Quizzed on whether he sees Ronaldo staying at Juventus this summer, with questions being asked of the 36-year-old’s future, Sarri added: “It depends on the wants of the club.
“IF THEY NEED TO SAVE LOTS OF ON THE SALARY THEN THEY NEED TO CREATE A CHOICE. IN MY OPINION, IT’S BETTER TO OFFER UP ONE PLAYER THAN FIVE OR SIX WITH THE IDENTICAL SAVINGS.”
WHY DID SARRI LEAVE CHELSEA?
Prior to spending a solitary season with the Bianconeri, Sarri took during a year-long spell at Chelsea.
He delivered a Europa League crown during his time at Stamford Bridge, but was pushed to go home after just 12 months.
The 62-year-old accepts that he made the incorrect decision there, saying of his departure from west London: “Marina Granovskaia wanted to stay me from leaving Chelsea. Today I say that it absolutely was an error to need to return to Italy the least bit costs.
“Chelsea is an excellent club, within the following years they need taken many young players [who would have been] suitable on behalf of me.
“I lived a specific year, during which [Roman] Abramovich couldn’t enter England and that we had an owner who wasn’t present.
“A rather difficult situation, tired the hands of Marina and she or he had one thousand problems to resolve, the football aspect was within the hand’s people because of the staff, but with not having the economic power required.
“THEN CAME [TIMO] WERNER, [KAI] HAVERTZ, [MASON] MOUNT, [HAKIM] ZIYECH – ALL SUITED TO ME AND MY WAY OF PLAYING.”
ANY OTHER BUSINESS?
One player that Sarri did work with, having previously had him at Napoli, was classy playmaker Jorginho.
The 29-year-old midfielder has been underappreciated sometimes in England, but is now getting the popularity he deserves as a bid for Euro 2020 with Italy pushes him into Ballon d’Or contention.
Sarri said of a well-known face: “If he wins the eu Championship, he’s a candidate for the Ballon d’Or.
“He’s a refined player and that’s why everyone doesn’t understand him.
“He makes everything seem easy, it’s his greatness. once I visited Chelsea, we managed to grab him from Manchester City.
“AT FIRST IT ABSOLUTELY WAS HARD TO GRASP HIM FOR THE FANS, THE JOURNALISTS, NOW I SEE THAT HE’S APPRECIATED. HE WAS ALSO THE CAPTAIN OF CHELSEA.”