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Monday June 17 2019
Sarri, not sorry

Despite the misgivings of many Napoli, Chelsea and Juventus fans, Maurizio Sarri taking the Bianconeri job makes perfect sense to Susy Campanale.

Maurizio Sarri to Juventus was unexpected – above all to those who pushed the Pep Guardiola narrative far beyond the point of improbability – but despite the protests of Napoli, Chelsea and even Bianconeri supporters, it does make perfect sense to all concerned.

Let me be clear: Guardiola was the first choice for the Old Lady, that is surely beyond dispute, but was never really on the cards. I am sure they did approach the Manchester City boss, but the speculation about him signing a pre-contract agreement or even trying to extricate himself from his current role was little more than a way of inflating the club’s share price on the stock exchange. It worked a treat, that is Luciano Moggi level sneakiness, using the media desperation for a story to boost your own finances. Again, everyone benefited: the club got richer, the papers sold more during the quiet period of the summer and people tuned in to the various talk shows, Twitter feeds and radio stations.

If you can’t get Guardiola but want his style of football and someone who already knows Serie A well, then Sarri is your next logical step. Max Allegri’s goose was cooked not just after the Champions League exit to Ajax, but above all following the on-air row with Sky Sport Italia pundit Lele Adani.

The argument Adani put forward – that a team like Juventus ought to focus on attacking, pro-active football more than the old Antonio Conte credo of ‘suffering’ for a result and still be successful – was absolutely true. You can’t bring in Cristiano Ronaldo and expect to play defensively. Liverpool showed attack is the best form of defence, as long as you also have a pretty strong defender back there too.

Sarri struggled at Chelsea for a few reasons, if you can count third place in the Premier League, winning the Europa League and reaching the Carabao Cup Final ‘struggling.’ He arrived very late into pre-season due to Aurelio De Laurentiis stalling – more on that later – and the players never really got the hang of his tactics. It’s about knowing the movements so well that you can pass the ball rapidly into the space where your teammate will be rather than directly to the player.

Chelsea players weren’t prepared to get the drills down, so gave it only to the nearest teammate, which resulted in lots of pointless horizontal passing. They were also deathly slow. It’s the difference between someone typing with one finger as they search the keyboard compared to a touch-typist who just looks at the screen.

In time, they would’ve probably learned and shown more than glimpses of Sarri’s football, but the baying mob at Stamford Bridge ensured we’ll never know. Enjoy Frank Lampard.

Now for the Napoli fans – and some players – who have been decrying his ‘betrayal’ by joining Juventus. Get over yourselves. Ditto to the Juventini calling for Antonio Conte’s star to be removed from the Bianconeri Hall of Fame. Do you really expect your heroes to never work again and just sit in a crumbling old house like Miss Havisham in Great Expectations, wearing her wedding dress for the rest of her life after she was jilted at the altar?

This is not how the world works, nor should it. Napoli fans seem to have made Sarri out to be some sort of Che Guevara figure leading the rebellion against the oppressive regime of Juventus. It’s easy to sit outside railing at the powers that be, claiming you won the ‘moral Scudetto’ and feed conspiracy theories. It’s far more difficult to be in a position of genuine power and enact change.

Here we come to the other issue that Napoli fans are conveniently forgetting: there’s a reason so many of your heroes feel obliged to leave and that is Aurelio De Laurentiis. Gonzalo Higuain made no secret of the fact he felt pushed out by his clashes with the President. Sarri wanted guarantees on the future, but instead of working to give him what he was asking for, De Laurentiis hired someone else and then made it his mission to delay the Chelsea move for as long as possible, knowing full well how important pre-season training was to his tactics.

De Laurentiis is vindictive, petty, wallows in self-pitying conspiracy theories and pushing out anyone who tries to force him into spending money. If Sarri couldn’t show what he can achieve at the Stadio San Paolo, he’ll do it in Turin and nobody should begrudge him that opportunity. He might even be inadvertently giving Napoli a better chance at the title, as Carlo Ancelotti’s team start to hit their stride in the second season and Sarri will take a while to get his approach working at Juve.

There’s only one set of fans who can genuinely talk about betrayal and that is Roma. The treatment of Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi has been utterly shameful, not to mention counter-productive too. Sarri was only at Napoli for three seasons, whereas those two committed their entire careers to the Giallorossi cause only to be shoved out the door. Football is a business now, but even businesses must be run with a little humanity.

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Have your say...
@pino - You say juve is a losing team, that we bribe in order to win. how possible is it that we've done it for 8 years straight and no one can prove it. you're just embittered and sentimental about our total hegemony. we were fraudulent in the past, did the crime and did the time; get over it and find a way to compete because y'all are beginning to sound like a broken record with this 'juve are cheats and bribe to dominate serie a' theme! change. Let's change then narrative already!
on the 24th June, 2019 at 11:22am
The only thing I'd cry about is how the whole world sees Serie A and Italian football as cheaters because Juve give us all a bad name.
on the 23rd June, 2019 at 10:49pm
@pino - Wow! you're such a loser. LMAO

Prepare yourself buddy. Juve will make you cry more and more. And feel free to believe in that sad fantasy of yours.
on the 23rd June, 2019 at 8:52am
@Gigi: The only thing lonely is being the ONLY team in Serie A that needs to cheat to win, like Juve! Talk about being lonely in a category of your own!
on the 22nd June, 2019 at 10:05pm
"Juve is the ultimate losing team - relying on bribes to win hahaha" he said. Wow! You sound like a pathetic lonely guy @Pino. Im sorry Juve make you cry so many times. LMAO.
on the 21st June, 2019 at 9:23am
@Charles Juve is the ultimate losing team - relying on bribes to win hahaha

You're a joke at home because you cheat, and internationally because you can't win without cheating.

And there's a huge difference between trash talk and wishing death and murder on people.

Again: You Juve fans, your cheating team, and your traitor coach are disgusting, and the shame of Italy.
on the 20th June, 2019 at 4:47pm
No Juventus fan will ever like a looser like Sarri been apointed as Juve coach.He is clear downgrade on Alegri whit him sucsess will be to be in top 4 and somehow pasing CL groupstage. I am very diapointed in juve director for choosing him when the 10 in row was so close.He is someone that can work whit 10-15 players max and juve have 25 start minimun no young playeds will come or stay now becouse of him.
PS:Claiming they wonna win CL and takin Sari for is like spiting in all juve fans face.
on the 19th June, 2019 at 3:46pm
@Pino - You've spoken like a true fan of a losing team; it kills y'all that juve has completely dominated serie a post calciopoli. FYI - there's a difference between wishing the death of people and actually doing something malicious. i didn't hear of any juve fan physically assaulting any napoli fan or even vandalising stuff at the san paolo. so, no! i'm not outta touch with reality - we can 'trash talk' cos it's part of the game, but we'll never be guilty of malicious acts. Ponder on it
on the 19th June, 2019 at 1:41pm
@Charles Haha yeah okay pal, some Napoli fans causing petty vandalism at a stadium is totallllllllly the same as Juve fans calling for the DEATH of every man woman and child in the city of Napoli.

The fact that you equate petty vandalism with calls for death just shows how insanely out of touch you are.

Again, you Juve fans, your cheating team, and now your traitor coach are the SHAME of Italy. To say you, your coach, and your team are disgusting and a disgrace is an understatement. Vergogna
on the 19th June, 2019 at 1:10pm
I think the only reason Sarri switched to Juve is to give Napoli the motivation it takes to become a champion.
on the 18th June, 2019 at 7:11pm
@Pino - Shut that hole in your face! you talk about Napoli fans getting inhumane threats from Juve fans? how about when Napoli fans came to the juve stadium and vandalised stuff before and after the game? you forgot to mention that. sarri has done nothing wrong, he made a professional choice and it must be respected by all. same goes for conte. sarri at juve is a breath of fresh air, as a juve fan i'm intrigued at the prospect of playing exciting football; i've never known my team to play it
on the 18th June, 2019 at 5:02pm
Lol what does this even mean?

"It’s easy to sit outside railing at the powers that be, claiming you won the ‘moral Scudetto’ and feed conspiracy theories. It’s far more difficult to be in a position of genuine power and enact change."

Enact change? I thought we were talking about winning a Scudetto
on the 18th June, 2019 at 4:04pm
@Pen15 Don’t get mad at me because Juventus fans call for the death of all Neapolitans, get mad at them for twisting sport into some kind of anti-Southern Italian hatefest.

Sarri jointing a team whose fans call for the death of Napoli supporters is wrong, disgusting, and a betrayal. It’s not small minded provincialness on the Napoli fans part, it’s small minded provincialness on the parts of those Juve fans who call for them to be killed. Juve are the shame of Italy, and now so is Sarri.
on the 18th June, 2019 at 2:04pm
Napoli are a rival of Juventus not the mortal enemy, it is not a betrayal.
Conte is a traitor, period. So is Figo, Sol Campbell and De Vrij(His on purpose penalty is the most disgusting action I knew on the pitch).
on the 18th June, 2019 at 11:50am
@Pino = peni5 prepubescent, says the guy with that username insult. Why don’t you play the ball not the man? How is partisanship pre-pubescent? As I’ve alluded to in another article comment, this debate is ultimately political and about human nature. Football is ultimately a non-violent alternative for the tribalism inherent in humans. This debate is about loyalty, duty and it’s role in human affairs. It’s no different to the nationalist vs globalist debate.
on the 18th June, 2019 at 11:34am
Meanwhile, This arrival is upperhand on every esp specialists agenda. End of catanucci; in line with guardiola even though bringing him didnt went well!? And at the same time italians will cheer on allegris in-future success on stage of highest football calibre.....
on the 18th June, 2019 at 8:25am
Dear Pino,

With a name and wits like that, it is unfortunate that you find yourself on a website where people will find it easy to tear your worthless opinions to shreds. While it is clear that you still subscribe heavily to the kind of sorry pre-pubescent partisanship and small-town-mindedness that has held back a lot of Italian teams for ages, there are many of us who care not for such things. You got so swept up in all this that you forgot that football is a sport and show (which must go on)
on the 18th June, 2019 at 6:13am
I'm a Napoli supporter yes i know coaches are professional but believe Napoli supporters feel betrayed because the fans have being lead to believe that Sarri and Higuain are Napoli people forever with there past comments and actions.

True professional people don't do that that simply
Also Napoli supporters where hoping that they are like Maradona a man of his word not these days sorry to say
on the 18th June, 2019 at 6:12am
You can tell this is written by a Roma fan. Conte is hardly going to sit in a crumbling house if he didn't take the Inter job, he is super rich and just got a 10million pay off for being FIRED!.

There are hundreds of clubs in the world but he chose Inter. Nedved showed what a real Juventino does and turned down the chance to win the Champions League with Inter. Instead, he waited for a director role with his Juventus.

How many years did Totti milk Roma when he was over 36!!!!!
on the 18th June, 2019 at 3:08am
DeLaurentis moved quickly to replace Sarri with Ancelotti because he knew that Sarri was going to jump ship and join Chelsea and drag it out all summer until Chelsea found a way to release Conte. That is why Sarri only joined Chelsea late in the pre-season.

Napoli fans have every right to feel agrieved that Sarri has now joined Juventus after his regular diatribes against the Old Lady and Juventus fans have every right to feel the same for the same reason.

A very poor artical.
on the 18th June, 2019 at 2:02am
New rules to the new saturnic sun world; Do not chew the moral fibres anymore; Be it loyalty or ghost of the scandal past. Did conte do any favour by leaving juve in their early dawn or juve did by letting off a man who is the reason behind of this todays juve. Same goes to sarri and couterpart de laurentis; they have a bad aura about him. The last legend de rossi got to go for 1 year contract to the detaste of the dillussional two face glory hunters.....
on the 18th June, 2019 at 1:26am
when allegri goes into his offseason he will have some regrets. he should have played the same how how he did when juve went the c.legaue final. 4231. midfield wasn't great to play a 433. should have gone with the strength of the team. the attack. in a 4231 Dybala would have shined. I am all for sari. was very impress in the Europa league final. at 2-1 up he didn't try to defend out the lead. he sent the team forward to attack. this attacking mentality will suit Ronaldo next season
on the 17th June, 2019 at 11:59pm
well made point
on the 17th June, 2019 at 10:52pm
Great Article .....
on the 17th June, 2019 at 10:17pm
"Napoli fans have no right to be angry with Sarri."

Oh really? When he spent years with Napoli, and then went to a team whose fans literally and regularly call for the deaths of all the citizens of Napoli? "Vesuvius, wash them with lava!" rings around Juve's stadium every time Napoli plays there, and he chooses to join that team?

It is a betrayal, and it is disgusting. Sarri deserves to be working in a bank, and I hope after his unsuccessful spell with Rubentus, that's just where he'll be.
on the 17th June, 2019 at 10:04pm
Agree with Suzy totally. This is a business. Fans wear our hearts on our sleeves. But at the end of the day its business. Sarri could have won with Napoli if he would have used all the players in his team. He wore down down the same 11 -13 players. And I think it was Sarri who was leaving Napoli hanging deciding what to do. And ADL went out and scored a coup in getting Carlo. And the way Higuain left for Juve just shows what kind of man he is. And i use that term loosely.
on the 17th June, 2019 at 10:04pm
*Applause* for Susy, for each and every thoroughly readable word.
on the 17th June, 2019 at 9:16pm
Nice, I also just so happen to concur with Susy. Home run!
on the 17th June, 2019 at 8:10pm
Playing nice football was never Juve's way, it was always grinta and the 1-0 wins. Saying that, time has evolved and it would be nice to play slick attacking football, but we have to win. Good luck Sarri.
As for the Conte issue, I have been a Juve fan since 1994, and I will NEVER EVER forget Farsopoli/Morattipoli/Fachettipoli. How can a true hardcore Juve fan accept Conte at Inter. How can Conte accept that, knowing he got ridiculed and insulted for "match-fixing" by those Inter fans!!! SHAME!!!
on the 17th June, 2019 at 8:06pm
The key factor here is, even though Juve squad is by far the best in Italy it's not a top 3 squad in Europe. To win knockout games while having a slightly inferior squad you need Allegris of the world rather than Sarris. Yes you have to put up with some boring football in Serie A, but that's just reality. We'll see how Sarri will do in Europe, but his tactical inflexibility is not a welcome news for Juve fans thisty for European success.
on the 17th June, 2019 at 7:31pm

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