SportSarri aims parting dig at Hazard during Juventus unveiling

19:50  20 june  2019
19:50  20 june  2019 Source:   readsport.co

Blues to face Southampton as opening day fixtures are leaked

Blues to face Southampton as opening day fixtures are leaked It looks like the 2019/20 Premier League opening day fixtures may have been leaked this morning, as per a report from the Mirror. Five-time Premier League champions Chelsea could be kicking off their season with a trip to St Mary’s as they will reportedly be facing Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton side. At this stage, these fixtures are unverified and could well change when an official announcement is made. The potential meeting with Southampton will be the Blues’ first Premier League game without star man Eden Hazard after he joined Spanish giants Real Madrid for a reported fee of £130 million.

Sarri , who steered Chelsea to third place in the Premier League, a Europa League win and the League Cup final but never endeared himself to the fans, unusually wore a suit for his unveiling . Sarri said: “We had to accommodate Hazard 's characteristics. He could change the game, but his presence

Maurizio Sarri criticised the 'individual' nature of Chelsea's squad during his unveiling as Juventus boss. Maurizio Sarri takes dig at Chelsea ‘individuals’ during Juventus unveiling .

Sarri aims parting dig at Hazard during Juventus unveiling © Alex Grimm/Getty Images Sport Previews - UEFA Europa League Final

Maurizio Sarri departed Chelsea after just one season in charge of the English side, and he has since suggested that star player Eden Hazard was one of the problems during his time in charge.

Speaking at his unveiling in Turin, as reported by the Mirror, Sarri reflected on his time in London.

Sarri went on to say that although talismanic figure Eden Hazard could change the game, his presence on the pitch made it harder to defend and caused the football to be less fluid.

“We had to accommodate Eden Hazard’s characteristics. He could change the game, but also his presence caused issues in defending that we had to work on.”

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Rangnick a surprise contender for the Chelsea job if Sarri leaves According to German outlet Bild, as cited on the Daily Mail, Chelsea could consider former RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick as a potential candidate to replace Maurizio Sarri if he leaves the club this summer. It was reported by Sky Sports last week that Chelsea will allow Sarri to leave for Italian champions Juventus this summer, providing an agreement can be reached with the Old Lady. Rangnick led a young RB Leipzig side to an impressive third-place finish and Champions League qualification during the 2018/19 Bundesliga season. The 60-year-old stepped in on a temporary basis with the club preparing for Julian Nagelsmann to take over ahead the 2019/20 season.

New Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri says he wants to help star man Cristiano Ronaldo reach even greater heights, as the Italian was unveiled at the The Italian club unveiled their new manager at a press conference on Thursday, during which the 60-year-old said hoped to help five-time Ballon d’Or

A look backstage at Maurizio Sarri 's first Juventus press conference at his official unveiling at Allianz Stadium, alongside Chief Football Officer, Fabio

Both Sarri and Hazard have now departed for Juventus and Real Madrid respectively and the Italian admits he will have to face up to new challenges back in his native country.

The Italian admitted it was harder to implement his ‘Sarri-ball’ at Chelsea than at previous clubs Napoli and Empoli as the players didn’t really fit the system.

“I arrive at Juventus from Chelsea and the step might spark less scepticism, but I do come from a history and so I expect some rancour.”

The Blues now have the task of putting a new manager in place, which is expected to be Frank Lampard and building on the recent success in the Europa League.

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