Empoli President Fabrizio Corsi discusses his former Coach Maurizio Sarri: 'His problem is Napoli's environment'.
On from the President's discussion of Roma's Luciano Spalletti, Corsi went on to comment on his other pupil, Sarri, who had a stunning first season with Napoli in Serie A.
“I must confess that I worried about him at the beginning of the season. I thought he would fail to convince the Partenopi champions to accept his idea of football, which is all about training and sacrifice.
“Instead, [Gonzalo] Higuain was in love with the Coach after only one month. Napoli could have won the Scudetto.
“It's not Sarri's fault, or the players', that Juventus will win it again. The problem is the environment, as that of the Bianconeri gives them a ten-point bonus.
“If Higuain had been wearing the Juventus colours, he would not have burst out the way he did, picking up a three-match ban. There is too much pressure on this group.
“In any case, Sarri is a football maniac. He lives for the sport, and he teaches a new form of it. I hope he becomes a referent for Italian football.”
Corsi also went back to the argument between Sarri and Inter Coach Roberto Mancini, who blasted him after a heated exchange of insults between the two.
“Sarri said the type of thing that gets said in a bar, and that should never be said in front of a colleague. But he wasn't trying to offend him. It's a 'bad Tuscan' type of thing, and Maurizio is a cranky guy.
“He would often complain at Empoli too. Once, after some refereeing errors, he said that we should be wearing striped shirts too.
“We Tuscans naturally say these things, but at Empoli they don't get noticed as they do with Napoli. Sarri mustn't stoke his cranky reputation, it wouldn't help his career.
“His dead-ball approach? He has at least twenty tactical solutions, I can guarantee that.”
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