Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri Talks Serie A Frustrations Amid Links to Chelsea Job https://ift.tt/2I2qGhz Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri has added fuel to the rumours he could be set for a move to Chelsea by admitting his frustration with Juventus‘ ongoing dominance of Serie A. He talked up the Premier League’s recent changing roster […]
He talked up the Premier League’s recent changing roster of champions—Manchester United were the last team to successfully defend the title in 2009—and warned of the risk in Italy of fans getting turned off, per Neil McLeman in the Mirror:
“The only hope is that, in life, everything has to end sometime. Sooner or later, the domination will end. I must say, seeing the Premier League have this constant alternation of winners every year, it grows the love for teams and makes everyone have hope of success.
“It’s a different situation here in Italy. The risk is that we’ll lose many fans, because they cheer on teams that will never win and they know that too well. If we impoverish the whole system, then the rich will be impoverished too.“
Massimiliano Allegri’s Juve look set to win their seventh consecutive Serie A title this season after Napoli’s impressive challenge faltered on Sunday.
However, Kalidou Koulibaly—match-winner the week before against Juve—was sent off after just six minutes at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, and the Partenopei were soundly beaten 3-0.
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It means Sarri’s side are now four points behind Juve with three games of the season remaining and, although the Old Lady still have to travel to in-form Roma, their other two remaining fixtures are winnable home games against Bologna and Hellas Verona.
After losing in Florence, it looks like Sarri is going to fall just short in his attempt to break Juve’s stranglehold.
And, having been in charge at the Stadio San Paolo since 2015, it has been reported that the 59-year-old will now look to move to pastures new.
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According to the Partenopei‘s official radio station, Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli (h/t Football Italia), Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is eyeing Sarri to fill the manager’s role at Stamford Bridge, and current Blues boss Antonio Conte could move the other way.
Certainly Sarri’s latest comments suggest he would be open to a new opportunity elsewhere, and he could be a fine replacement for Conte given how impressive he has been at Napoli with limited resources.
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May 1, 2018 at 12:06AM