Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri Talks Serie A Frustrations Amid Links to Chelsea Job

Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri Talks Serie A Frustrations Amid Links to Chelsea Job

FLORENCE, ITALY - APRIL 29: Maurizio Sarri manager of SSC Napoli gestures during the serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and SSC Napoli at Stadio Artemio Franchi on April 29, 2018 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

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 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.

Following Juve’s fightback from 2-1 down to a 3-2 victory against Inter Milan in the Derby d’Italia on Saturday, Napoli had to beat Fiorentina to move back to within a point of the Turin giants.

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.

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.

SWANSEA, WALES - APRIL 28: Chelsea manager Antonio Conte reacts during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Chelsea at Liberty Stadium on April 28, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Stu Forster/Getty Images

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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via Bleacher Report – Front Page

May 1, 2018 at 12:06AM

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