‘Chelsea players cried when i left’ – Maurizio Sarri

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Maurizio Sarri

Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has said that, despite having a “conflicted” relationship with the management, several Chelsea players cried in the club’s dressing room when his departure was declared.

Sarri left Chelsea last summer for Juventus after spending just a year at Stamford Bridge.

The 61-year-old led the Blues to win the Europa League, finish as runners-up in the Carabao Cup, and also deliver a top-four finish in the Premier League.

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“The higher you go up the ladder, the harder it is to build personal relationships with your players,” Sarri told Juventus’ official YouTube channel.

“Your surroundings change a lot, and it takes longer to build those relationships. I had a conflicted relationship with the Chelsea dressing room but, when I told them I would be leaving, many of them cried.

“I am not so much a person who pats others on the back. I talk a lot about what they do wrong and less about the good things they do.

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“I think that has a big impact, but then they learn to appreciate you for who you are. The longest relationships are with the lads I played least, so I think they recognize something once they absorb your character.”

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