Chelsea star Willian has wished Maurizio Sarri all the best ahead of his new role as Juventus manager. The 60-year-old Sarri left Stamford Bridge this summer in order to take charge of the Old Lady of Italian Football.
“I wish him all the best,” the winger told football.london.
“May God bless his career and his new chapter at Juventus.”
Sarri’s tenure as Chelsea boss was successful
Despite having only managed the Blues for one season, Sarri’s tenure as manager of the club can be deemed successful. He inherited a squad which had failed to qualify for the Champions League during the 2017-18 season. While Sarri did attract criticism, mainly for his decision to play Jorginho in the defensive midfield role ahead of N’Golo Kante, he did manage to lead the Blues to the Europa League title as well as the top four. This is a good achievement for anyone during their first season at a club.
He cannot even be faulted for leaving Stamford Bridge. Sarri is Italian and the chance to manage Italy’s most prestigious club only comes along once in a lifetime.
Sarri will be hoping to lead Juve to European glory
Juventus have dominated Italian football for the better part of the past decade. They have however struggled to exert their authority in the Champions League, though they did reach the final of the competition in 2015 and 2017, losing both.
No Italian club has won Europe’s Premier Club competition since Inter Milan did so in 2010. If there is any club that is capable of ending that drought, it is Juventus. They have Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks who can navigate them there but they do need to bring in more support for the Portugal icon who is now approaching the final years of his career. Signing Adrien Rabiot from France is certainly a step in the right direction for the club. The fresh addition of Sarri could also bring in new energy to the club.