Maurizio Sarri left a mixed legacy at Stamford Bridge. The Italian won the Europa League title but his playing style was criticized by a portion of Chelsea fans. In a recent interview, Sarri breaks silence on leaving Chelsea amid influential director Marina Granovskaia wanting him to stay.
“At Chelsea, I made a sensational mistake, that of wanting to return to Italy at all costs,” Maurizio Sarri told Alfredo Pedulla as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“Marina [Granovskaia] stonewalled me to leave Chelsea, I had this desire to return to Italy. Chelsea are a great club, in the following years they have taken many young people suitable for me.”
“I experienced a particular year, in which Abramovich could not enter England and we had an owner who was not present in the area.
“A rather difficult situation, all in the hands of Marina and she had a thousand problems to solve, the football aspect was in the hands of us of the staff, not having the economic power available.
“Then came Werner, Havertz, Mount, Ziyech: all suited to me and my way of playing.”
Sarri, meanwhile, left Chelsea after just one season at the helm but the Italian has recently been appointed as a Lazio head coach.