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Sarri Blames One Star Player For His Tactical Failure at Bridge

Maurizio Sarri left Chelsea last week after just one season in charge of the Blues but the Italian manager has taken a sly dig at winger Eden Hazard following the Belgian’s move to Real Madrid recently.

Sarri was unveiled as the manager for Juventus this week following his departure from Stamford Bridge. The 60-year-old master tactician won his first major title in his 30-year managerial career when he lifted the Europa League with the West London club last month.

But there was one player who was imperative towards achieving a third-place finish for Chelsea on the Premier League table as well as winning the Europa League and it was none other than Belgian superstar Eden Hazard. Hazard scored 21 goals for the Blues in his last season at Stamford Bridge including two in the Europa League final against local London rivals Arsenal.

However, Hazard completed his dream move to the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this week in a stunning £130 million deal but Sarri took a bit of a jibe at the latest Real Madrid signing explaining the reason why Hazard he was causing defensive problems for Chelsea when the duo was working together in the Premier League last season.

During his first press conference as Juventus manager Sarri spoke to reporters and blamed the 28-year-old for his defensive problems at Chelsea, “We had to accommodate Hazard’s characteristics. He could change the game, but his presence caused issues in defending that we had to work on.”

Sarri then immediately went on to rub salt in the wounds for Hazard and took another jibe at the Belgian captain when he said that working with Portuguese talisman Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus would be a step further in his managing career making Hazard the scapegoat, “I coached some very strong players, but training him will be yet another step forward. I’d like to help him break some new records.”

Author’s Take-

Widely regarded as one of the best players in the world Hazard was compared by Sarri to Cristiano Ronaldo. It’s quite unprofessional by the Italian after he left the Chelsea and so did Hazard but football sometimes shows us the hidden nature of people.


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