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Juve 'step forward' from 'inferior' Chelsea



New Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri said moving to Juventus is a "step forward" in his coaching career after a year with Chelsea, and he can understand the skepticism surrounding his appointment because it has been the same at every club he has been at.

Sarri was presented on Thursday after signing a three-year contract with the club that has won Serie A for the last eight seasons.

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Sarri called the Juventus job the "crowning achievement of a long and difficult career."

" I have taken a long road to get here, from Series C2 to B, A, Premier League and now Juventus. It's special to be here. "I'm coming from Chelsea, which has an inferior history to that of Juventus. It's another step forward for me." Coaching Ronaldo is also an escalation. I coached great players at Chelsea but with him it's the best in the world. He already holds all of the records you can have in the world of football but I would like to help him break some more records. "Sarri signed a three-year contract with the club that has won Series A for the last eight seasons. [1

9659008] Sarri's appointment has been greeted with mixed feelings among Bianconeri fans He's up his middle finger at group of Juventus supporters when arriving as coach of their arch rivals Napoli in 2018, where he spent three seasons before joining Chelsea last summer

"I was used to skepticism," said a news conference in Turin where he was presented as Juve manager. "When I arrived in Serie C, everybody was skeptical, and it was the same to begin with at Empoli, at Napoli and when I got to Chelsea, they were all skeptical.

"Now here at Juventus, I think there could be a bit less skepticism, but that comes from my history. I only know one way of taking skepticism away and that is by winning and convincing. "

S arri spent the past 12 months in England, where he won the Europa League – the first trophy of his career – with Chelsea, but said Serie A was a better league tactically. However, he added Italian football still has a long way to go to the Premier League off the pitch.

"I think we have a long path ahead of us," he said. "Going around English stadiums, you realize how inadequate our arenas are. There is a need for a cultural shift, if you are behind the bench and are surrounded by children.

" I think in terms of club organization and tactically on the field, we still have the upper hand compared to England. "

At Juve, Sarri will find Gonzalo Higuain, who have managed at both Naples and Chelsea. to commit to a decision either way.

"I have not spoken to Gonzalo since the Europa League victory," Sarri said. "I needed to get an idea of ​​what Juve and my new surroundings are about.

" When he returns, we will have the chance to talk. Gonzalo has the capability of playing with anybody and I can't see any problems with him. I know better than me.

"I am ob we have to trust them on the players they know better and when we have a clear idea of ​​our main system of play, then we can start to talk. "Sarri's season at Chelsea yielded a third-place finish in the Premier League and the first trophy of his coaching career with triumph in the Europa League, but in spite of these achievements he had difficulty imposing his style of football and encountered open hostility from many supporters.

"What changes are the characteristics of the players," he said. "Napoli had team players, who were totally at the disposal of the team and moved the ball to a decisively quicker pace.

" Chelsea are probably of technically superior players, but with different individual characteristics. "

Juventus "Pogba and Rabiot are two great players," he said. "Pogba is a Manchester United player," said Pogba and Rabiot are two great players, he said. though.

"He gave us a lot and we have a lot of affection for him. Rabiot is a great player and we're in the hunt with other clubs. We'll make the right decisions to build a page based around what the coach requests and what we want. "

Sarri is expected to summon his players for preseason training at the start of July, at the club's Continassa training center. The squad will fly to Asia, where they will face Tottenham Hotspur on July 21 and Antonio Conte's Inter Milan on July 24, both in Singapore, before returning to Europe to face Atletico Madrid in Stockholm, as part of the International Champions Cup. 19659002] The start of the series A season is foreseen for the weekend of August 24 and 25, with the fixtures due to be announced at the end of July

Information from ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey and the Associated Press was used in this report.


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