Maurizio Sarri will work out which of his systems can prove the best fit for Juventus after witnessing Chelsea’s reliance on Eden Hazard cause defensive issues elsewhere in the team.
The Blues agreed on a compensation package with the Serie A champions – understood to be worth in excess of £5million – for Sarri, who signed a three-year deal with Chelsea when appointed last summer to replace Antonio Conte.
Despite some negative reaction from sections of the Chelsea fan base who were not convinced by his style of play, Sarri guided Chelsea to the Carabao Cup final, where they were beaten on penalties by Manchester City, and a third-place finish in the Premier League.
The Italian ended the campaign on a high as Chelsea defeated Arsenal in the Europa League final before taking up the opportunity to return to his homeland.
Chelsea’s victory in Baku proved to be Hazard’s farewell appearance before the Belgium playmaker completed his 150 million euro (£130million) move to Real Madrid.
Former Napoli boss Sarri addressed the Italian media for the first time as Juve manager on Thursday morning, with the 60-year-old asked about what sort of approach fans should expect.
“You can’t just start with a system and send players away or take new ones,” Sarria said at a press conference broadcast by Juventus club media.
“We need to have very clear ideas on the players that can make the difference, and then put them in a condition to make the difference.
“The very first step is to study the characteristics of every single player in order to discuss and share, then adapt the module to the players who can really make the difference.
“In the last year (at Chelsea), we had 4-3-3, before then for three years (at Napoli) I had 4-3-2-1, other systems as well.”
Sarri continued: “The 4-3-3 at Chelsea was a 4-3-3 that was different from the one I implemented at Napoli.
“In that case, I had to follow the characteristics of Eden Hazard, which could obviously solve lots of situations but might also have some contradictions in the defensive phase that we tried to solve.
“So (at Juventus) let’s start from the players’ characteristics, try to understand what players can really make a difference and accompany them on this path, try to use them where they are at their best.”
Sarri, though, rejected suggestions his sides only play one way. “In the last few years I always started the season with one formation and then ended it with another,” he said.
“I don’t know what ‘Sarrismo’ (Sarri-ball) is. I read about it but I have always been so, changing thanks to experiences but remaining faithful to the concepts.
“I am a direct person, perhaps too much, and this leads to clashes but they are solvable.”
Former manager Massimiliano Allegri left at the end of the season with Juve winning an eighth successive Serie A title.
“I’m happy to be at the most important team in Italy and this is a further step forward after the experience at Chelsea,” said Sarri, who believes his season under the media spotlight in England has made him a stronger person.
“It’s the crowning achievement of a long career, that for 80 percent of it was extremely tough.”
Sarri sported a club suit at his press conference but joked negotiations would continue over whether he would be back in a tracksuit when he takes to the dugout.
“I would prefer not to wear the suit and tie on the pitch,” Sarri said.
“The important thing at my age is that they don’t send me out there naked.”
New Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri believes his season under the media spotlight at Chelsea has made him stronger for the challenges ahead in Turin.
The Blues agreed a compensation package with the Serie A champions – understood to be worth in excess of £5million – for Sarri, who had signed a three-year deal with Chelsea when appointed last summer to replace Antonio Conte.
Despite some negative reaction from sections of the Chelsea fan base who were not convinced by his style of play, Sarri guided Chelsea to the Carabao Cup final, where they were beaten on penalties by Manchester City, and then finished third in the Premier League.
The Italian, though, ended the campaign on a high, clinching victory over Arsenal in the Europa League final in Baku.
Former Napoli boss Sarri was given a tour around the Turin club and Juve’s training complex after jetting in on Wednesday.
Sporting a club suit and tie to address the Italian media for the first time as Juve manager on Thursday morning, Sarri, 60, was asked to reflect on what was a testing spell at Stamford Bridge.
“The world of the English media is well known to everybody, there are great newspapers and also some tabloids. This is something which certainly strengthens you a lot,” he said.
“What I was a little disappointed with was the fact that here in Italy, what the tabloids wrote was mainly reported compared to the articles of the other newspapers.
“But of course then all of the criticism and the attacks, the pressure that you have to undergo will somehow strengthen you.”
Sarri revealed the opportunity to move back to his homeland to be closer to family was one of the telling factors.
“I feel that I have respected everyone and I gave my all. Juve are the best Italian club right now and offered me a chance to return to Italy,” he said
“It’s the crowning achievement of a long career, that for 80 per cent of it was extremely tough.”
“I have never seen so much determination on the part of a club to hire a coach. They had a great attitude which convinced me, they were very strong feelings.”
Sarri will attempt to build on the work of Massimiliano Allegri, who left at the end of the season with Juve having been crowned Serie A champions for an eighth successive time.
“Allegri leaves a weighty legacy. Winning what he won is very difficult, he achieved extraordinary results,” Sarri said.
“I would like to see in the team the same ability to get past the difficulties that he was able to help them (get past).”
Sarri accepts he will have to win over some Juve fans, given his association with rivals Napoli.
“I arrive with scepticism just as I did with all my other clubs,” he said.
“I understand that, but I know only one way to change that and that is to win and convince while entertaining and getting results,” he said.
Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici had earlier thanked Chelsea for the way the negotiations over Sarri had been conducted, maintaining the 60-year-old was “the right man for the job”.
“He was absolutely the first choice,” Paratici said.
“I don’t know what we said to convince him, maybe he just felt we really wanted him.”
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A new era is set to begin next season at perennial Serie A champions Juventus.
Head coach Massimiliano Allegri is gone and Maurizio Sarri has been selected as his replacement. This switch makes a noticeable change in direction.
Brazil winger Douglas Costa has been quizzed about the alteration
See his response above: