Former Chelsea and current Juventus manager, Maurizio Sarri has opened up on his excitement to work with star player, Cristiano Ronaldo at Turin, while also taking a sly dig at former charge, Eden Hazard who moved to Real Madrid from Chelsea in the summer.
The 60-year-old while facing the media for the first time since being appointed as the new manager of Juve, revealed that professionally and personally he needed to return back to Italy after a year long stint in England.
“The feeling when Juve called me? Strong. I’ve never seen a club so determined to get a coach before. The Premier League was a great experience, but in the latter half (of the season), I felt professional and personal needs to return to Italy," he said as quoted by Star.
Maurizio Sarri was presented as the new manager of Juventus on Thursday after joining on a three-year contract from Chelsea. pic.twitter.com/vXCX0UBwIU— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 20, 2019
"I coached some very strong players, but training him (Ronaldo) will be yet another step forward. I’d like to help him break some new records.”
The Italian also made sure to comment on Hazard, taking a sly dig at the Belgian, who's presence he believed caused issues in defending.
“We had to accommodate Hazard’s characteristics, as he could change the game, but also his presence caused issues in defending that we had to work on," Sarri concluded.
Sarri has a tough task ahead of him considering that Juventus have dominated the footballing landscape in the Serie A for the last decade or so and will also need to ensure that they challenge for the UEFA Champions League next season.