Monday June 3 2019
Jorginho would 'hate' Sarri exit

Jorginho admits he would ‘hate’ Maurizio Sarri to leave Chelsea but warns the Coach will ‘betray’ Napoli fans if he joins Juventus.

Sarri appears on course to become Juve’s next Coach, despite recently delivering Chelsea the Europa League.

Jorginho, for his part, followed the 60-year-old to Stamford Bridge from Napoli last summer.

“He did a good job for Chelsea,” the midfielder said at a Press conference.

“There was some criticism, but ultimately we finished third, won a cup and lost another in a Final.

“I think it was a great season, and I’d hate to see him go. The Napoli fans still have him in their hearts, it’s normal that they could get angry.

“They’re passionate, they can give you everything. They could treat it as a betrayal, they’re like that. We’ll see what happens.

“The criticism was probably because of the football culture in England. People weren’t used to seeing a player like me in front of the defence.

“I read the game more and have less physical presence. For the fans, it was all very different and then they blamed me when the results weren’t coming.

“But ultimately I proved that they were wrong about me. In the Premier League, the intensity is much higher and the teams aren’t afraid to attack.

“This is why I’ve had to defend much more than I did in Italy. The games are more open. In Serie A this mentality is missing, some of the teams are already beaten and never believe in victory.

“This is a reason why the big Italian teams find it difficult in the Champions League. As far as I'm concerned, I’ve worked with players of a certain level, who have let me grow.”

The 27-year-old then congratulated former club Verona on their promotion to Serie A and looked ahead to Italy’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Greece on Saturday.

“I miss Italy. I love this country and one day I’d like to live here again. I’m very happy for Verona as they deserve to play at great stadia.

“It’ll be a complicated game against Greece, partly because they’re a team of dribblers, so therefore we’ll have to run.

“But we’ll go there to win because a success away from home would be important.”

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