Sarri opens up on how Hazard ‘prevented’ him from implementing ‘Sarri ball’

New Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has opened up on his ‘troubled’ time at Chelsea, where he left after only a season in charge. 

The Italian has now said he found trouble fully effecting his ‘Sarri ball’ brand of football, due to Eden Hazard’s ‘shortcomings’. 

Speaking during his unveiling, the former Napoli manager stated that he could not fully effect his preferred playing system since it meant under-utilizing the qualities of the Belgian attacker. 

“In recent years, I’ve had 4-3-3, but the 4-3-3 at Chelsea was very different to the one at Napoli,” Sarri stated.

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

Hazard had a near-perfect campaign under Sarri, where he topped the scoring charts for the club, as well as winning the English Premier League’s assists title.

He left the club to join his dream team, Real Madrid, having won all domestic titles in England across seven years at the London-based side, as well as two Europa League titles.

Sarri, on the other hand, left Stamford Bridge having won the Europa League title and guided the Blues to a third-place finish in the English Premier League, but never endeared to many of the Chelsea fans. 

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