Intriguing statistics from short Chelsea reign of Maurizio Sarri

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Maurizio Sarri has left Chelsea to take over at Juventus.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a statistical look at Sarri’s one season at Stamford Bridge:

2 – finals contested by Chelsea last season, winning the Europa League but losing out to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.

3 – they finished third in the Premier League, albeit 26 points behind champions City.

63 – games as Chelsea manager for Sarri in all competitions.

61.9 – his win ratio percentage, having won 39, drawn 13 and lost 11.

12 – Chelsea were unbeaten in Sarri’s first dozen Premier League games in charge, winning the first five.

112 – the Blues’ goal tally across all competitions last season, conceding 58.

5-0 – Sarri’s biggest win as Chelsea boss, against both Huddersfield in February and Dynamo Kiev in March.

6-0 – his heaviest defeat, to City at Etihad Stadium just eight days after the win over Huddersfield.

2 – he was the second successive Chelsea boss to win a trophy in his final game in charge – his predecessor Antonio Conte signed off by lifting the FA Cup.

8 – successive Serie A titles for Sarri’s new club Juventus.

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Jose Mourinho, Maurizio Sarri and the other Chelsea bosses hired and fired by Roman Abramovich

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Maurizio Sarri has become the latest manager to leave Chelsea after he was named Juventus boss.

Sarri was the 13th managerial appointment made by owner Roman Abramovich since he took over the club in the summer of 2003, with Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink each having two spells.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at how those men have fared.

Claudio Ranieri – Sep 2000-May 2004

The Italian was at the helm when Abramovich arrived at Stamford Bridge. After heavy spending he led Chelsea to a second-placed finish in the Premier League and the Champions League semi-finals but faced persistent speculation about his job and was sacked at the end of the season.

Jose Mourinho – Jun 2004-Sep 2007

The Portuguese established himself as a Chelsea hero, winning back-to-back league titles in his first two seasons, one FA Cup and two League Cups. His departure only a month into his fourth season by ‘mutual consent’ was unexpected.

Avram Grant – Sep 2007-May 2008

A friend of Abramovich, Israeli Grant had been appointed technical director in the summer of 2007. He was controversially made manager after Mourinho’s departure and lasted only one season, which saw Chelsea finish second and lose in the Champions League final to Manchester United. He had the best win percentage of any of Abramovich’s managers.

Luiz Felipe Scolari – Jul 2008-Feb 2009

Brazilian Scolari was the first World Cup-winning coach to manage in the Premier League but a poor run of form saw him sacked before the end of his first season.

Guus Hiddink – Feb 2009-May 2009

Hiddink was appointed until the end of the season and combined his duties with his post as Russia manager. He lost only one match and won the FA Cup but could not be persuaded to stay.

Carlo Ancelotti – Jul 2009-May 2011

The Italian enjoyed a dream first season, leading Chelsea to a first ever league and FA Cup double, with his side becoming the first to score more than 100 Premier League goals in one campaign. He was sacked hours after finishing second in his second campaign.

Andre Villas-Boas – Jun 2011-Mar 2012

Hailed as the new Mourinho, Villas-Boas’ tenure at Stamford Bridge was not a happy one. After talk of a player revolt, he was sacked with Chelsea outside the Champions League places.

Roberto Di Matteo – Mar 2012-Nov 2012

The former Chelsea midfielder had been Villas-Boas’ assistant and was made interim manager until the end of the season. FA Cup and Champions League wins earned him a permanent contract but the following season did not go nearly as well and he was sacked.

Rafael Benitez – Nov 2012-May 2013

Benitez was the club’s latest interim manager, and unpopular with Chelsea fans because of his Liverpool past. The Spaniard won the Europa League and led the team to a third-place finish in the league.

Jose Mourinho – Jun 2013-Dec 2015

‘The Special One’ returned to win a third Premier League title in 2014-15 as well as the League Cup but, after signing a new contract, a dismal start to the following season saw him leave the club for a second time.

Guus Hiddink – Dec 2015-May 2016

Hiddink’s second caretaker spell could not match the impact of his first but he did manage to stabilise the club.

Antonio Conte – Jul 2016-Jul 2018

The Italian enjoyed a terrific debut season, with Chelsea dominating the Premier League and winning the title by seven points, but entered his second under a cloud after appearing to criticise the club’s transfer policy. The Blues finished fifth in the Premier League, missing out on a Champions League place, and even an FA Cup win could not save Conte.

Maurizio Sarri – Jul 2018-Jun 2019

The club won Sarri’s first five league games at the helm and were unbeaten in 12, but a relative dip early in the new year put their Champions League qualification in doubt and saw Sarri’s tactics questioned. They recovered to finish third, reached the League Cup final and won the Europa League but still find themselves seeking a new manager.

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Chelsea announce Maurizio Sarri exit to Juventus

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Chelsea have announced manager Maurizio Sarri has left the club to take charge of Italian champions Juventus.

The Blues and Juventus have agreed a compensation package, understood to be in excess of £5 million, for Sarri, 60, who signed a three-year deal with Chelsea when appointed last summer.

“Maurizio Sarri is leaving Chelsea football Club to return to Italy and become manager of Juventus,” Chelsea announced on their official website.

“The two clubs have reached an agreement for the early termination of Sarri’s contract with Chelsea FC which had two years left to run and is ending at his request.”

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