|Job||Italian Football coach|
|Club as Coach||Juventus|
2016 10 28 Retrieve
[Partenopei supporters had been left both heartbroken and outraged by the striker’s decision to join the club’s most hated rival] I was expecting at least a phone call, even if it was just for five minutes before Higuain had his medicals at Juve. The lads also expected a farewell but, as far as I know, there was nothing
2016 10 29 Retrieve
[Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri gives a humorous take on greeting former Napoli and current Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain when his side visits Turin] Higuain did well with me and was always hard working in training. How will I greet him on Saturday? In the same way that a father would with a son who made him angry
2017 12 29 Retrieve
[Napoli have collected 48 points from 19 matches so far to sit top of the table in Italy] Statistics are worthless. We got 96 points over two different seasons, so we got the ratio wrong. It’s a strong run, reaching the Champions League is very important for us, so having 48 points at the midway stage of the season gives us hope
2018 07 21 Retrieve
[Maurizio Sarri talks about his philosophy on the game in his first press conference as Chelsea manager] Ours is not a sport but a game. Anybody who plays a game started doing it as a child for fun and the child in us must be nurtured because this often makes us the best. To create play that is fun is the first thing to obtain a style for a high-level squad
2018 07 22 Retrieve
[Speaking at his first Chelsea press conference in July] I know this will be an extremely difficult challenge for me. The Premier League is different to Serie A because it is stronger at the moment. I play in a slightly different way so it will take some time for the squad
2018 08 Retrieve
[The view after seeing his Chelsea team beat Arsenal 3-2 in a crazy game at Stamford Bridge in August] It was very, very difficult because we lost the distances between the players and we were unable to cover the lost balls and press like a team, so we were really in trouble
2018 08 26 Retrieve
[Sarri says Abramovich wanted me for attacking football] But I think he [Abramovich] knows it [will take time]. If they called me 40 days ago, I think it’s because they wanted to see my football here. It’s not easy, but I have to try.
It’s important if I like it, first of all. I want to enjoy, I want to have fun, press the ball. Then, if I enjoy the game, maybe the supporters enjoy the game. And I think that, if the team enjoy the game, they’ll have a lot of opportunities to win the match.
It will take two or three months. But I think, in this case, with this team, there are very intelligent players
[Sarri isn’t known for compromising his beliefs and spoke about his challenge, after last week growing worried with a 15 minute period against Arsenal, where he side lost control of the game] I don’t know. Maybe I have to do that [compromise my beliefs in future], but I am better when I play my football, my way of football. I don’t know if I’m as good of a coach if I teach another way of football
It’s not so easy to change the player’s mind [when defending too]. If you are used to defending by looking at the man and I ask you to defend by looking only at the ball, I think if you are 18 it’s maybe easier. If you are 28 and, for 10 years, you’ve played the other way, it’s not so easy. So you have to change completely the mind.
I think it’s better. I think, if you arrive to think in this way, then it’s very easy. It depends only on you. You are not depending on the opponent. I think it’s very easy and if you defend by looking only at the ball, you can stay very high up the pitch. In the other way, you defend on the movements of the opponent.
[The forward line will normally be no more than 15 metres away from the defensive line and Sarri rubbished the assertion that his players are struggling to cope physically with his methods] No. I don’t think so. If you defend forward, you only have to do 10-15m. If you have the ball inside, you have to back for 50m. I think we can press for 90 minutes, only if we have the right distances between the players, we stay very high. Otherwise it’s a problem, of course
No. I don’t think so. If you defend forward, you only have to do 10-15m. If you have the ball inside, you have to back for 50m. I think we can press for 90 minutes, only if we have the right distances between the players, we stay very high. Otherwise it’s a problem, of course
I am not able to switch off. I have spent only one day in London in 40 days here. But the moment was difficult. We had to prepare the season without players, so it was difficult the first part of the season for me. But I’m not able to switch off, me. Never.
I am thinking always about my team and about the match, or the next match. It’s my way to work in football. After the match with Arsenal I remained in London, only a long walk in the centre of London. And I found a lot of people of Naples
2018 09 Retrieve
[After Chelsea went top of the table with a 4-1 win over Cardiff in September] I think that at this moment Liverpool and Manchester City are another step than us. But I think we can improve. My target is to be the best team in England, but not in one month
2018 10 Retrieve
[When Marco Ianni goaded Jose Mourinho following Chelsea’s late equaliser against Manchester United in October] I have spoken with the member of my staff and then I bring him to speak with Mourinho to say sorry to him. We made a mistake. We were in the wrong
2018 11 01 Retrieve
[His verdict on Alvaro Morata despite the striker scoring twice in the 3-1 win over Crystal Palace in November that took Chelsea above Liverpool after 11 games] He has to improve more in personality and in confidence because sometimes he’s a little bit fragile
2018 11 02 Retrieve
[Explaining his deployment of Kante in an advanced role following his first Premier League defeat away to Tottenham] I think, as you know, I want to play a central midfielder as a very technical player - Jorginho or [Cesc] Fabregas. I don’t want [N’Golo] Kante in this position
2018 12 Retrieve
[After becoming the first team to beat Manchester City in the Premier League this season in December] I am happy with the mentality of the team in this match. It is difficult for us to find motivation but when we are, we are a very strong team
2019 01 Retrieve
[Following the 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth in January, having spoken to the players for an hour in the dressing room] Maybe it is my fault, maybe I am not able to motivate them
2019 01 24 Retrieve
[Manager Sarri believes former Real Madrid man Higuain can contribute more than just goals as the Blues battle for a top-four Premier League finish and Champions League qualification] It’s very difficult in January to find one of the most important strikers in the world. So I think the club is working very well because it’s not easy to get a new striker.
We hope he’ll bring goals, that he starts scoring for us. He’s also very good at other aspects, other than just goals, but that’s what we are hoping for.
He has had some difficulties recently, but we’re hoping we can raise him back to his best form
2019 02 Retrieve
[After seeing his Chelsea side thrashed 6-0 by Manchester City in February, the club’s worst defeat since 1991 and the worst defeat of his career] I didn’t see my football. I am worried about my team, the performance, but my job is always at risk
2019 03 Retrieve
[After a second-half surrender in the 2-0 defeat against Everton in March] The players don’t know what happened and at the moment I can’t explain the change. It is very strange
2019 04 Retrieve
[On prioritising silverware back in April] We want to win the Europa League because it’s a very important competition, not for getting into the Champions League
2019 05 05 Retrieve
[Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri played down the significance of Gary Cahill’s comments on Sunday following an extraordinary personal attack from the former England defender] I don’t know the situation, I’m sorry. It’s not important for me. Cahill, during the season, was really very professional. He played only five, six or seven matches, but he was really very important in the training ground, in the dressing room. Today was his last match for Chelsea, so it was important for him to be on the pitch, only for a few minutes but I still think it was really very important for the fans and for him. He played only five, six or seven matches, but he was really very important in the training ground, in the dressing room. Today was his last match for Chelsea, so it was important for him to be on the pitch, only for a few minutes but I still think it was really very important for the fans and for him.
2019 05 11 Retrieve
[Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said that spying took place in Italian football, but that he did not do it] No. Because I don’t have very good spies, I think!
2019 05 13 Retrieve
[Maurizio Sarri put the blame squarely on his players after Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat at Arsenal] The fact of the matter is it appears this group of players is extremely difficult to motivate
2019 06 04 Retrieve
[Chelsea step up search for Sarri successor with Lampard the leading candidate] For us Italians the call of home is strong. You feel that something is missing. It has been a heavy year. I begin to feel the weight of distant friends, elderly parents I rarely see, My loyalty to Naples? [Francesco] Totti was the last one-club man
2019 11 12 Retrieve
[Juventus confirm no fine for Cristiano Ronaldo despite angry reaction to substitution] He should be thanked because he made himself available despite not being in optimal conditions. In the last month he has had this discomfort in his knee and this is a little problem for him
2019 10 17 Retrieve
[Former Chelsea Manager Maurizio Sarri explain why Ngolo Kante cant become holding midfielder] In that position, I want a player able to move the ball very fast… N’Golo is very useful for us, but this one is not his best characteristic
2019 11 25 Retrieve
[Sarri explains why Cristiano Ronaldo replaced on the Milan game] Over the last month, he has had this little knee problem, he had a knock in training and it hurt the collateral ligament. When he trains at high intensity or plays, it unbalances him, so he ends up overcompensating and it damages the calf and thigh muscles. It is affecting his performances and he is not at his best at the moment
2020 01 08 Retrieve
[Maurizio Sarri made it clear to Drinkwater that he was not part of his plans, despite giving him half an hour in the 2018-19 season-opening Community Shield clash with City] As he knows very well, he has never played because, in my opinion, he is not suitable to my system, to my way of playing. I told him everything in August. He appreciated it but he decided to remain
2020 01 15 Retrieve
[Sarri remains ‘convinced’ that De Ligt will become the best defender in the world but is, quite understandably, preaching patience] He comes from a much more open and less tactical league than ours, the kind where errors happen and nobody notices. It’s only natural he’ll need a period of apprenticeship
2020 01 25 Retrieve
[Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri on Cristiano Ronaldo’s form and who should get the credit] I cannot take credit for Ronaldo’s current form, you can only give credit to his mother for creating such a specimen!
2020 01 25b Retrieve
[Sarri hints at retirement after Juve] After this experience I could even quit. It depends on what energy I have left and if I think I can do well again
2020 02 10 Retrieve
[Inter are now top of the Serie A standings on goal difference ahead of Juve after 23 fixtures, with Sarri left bemoaning his team’s complacency in the wake of their latest setback] This team has been accustomed to winning comfortably over recent years and we need to get it into our heads that we cannot afford to waste points. We need to realise that winning cannot to be taken for granted. We must work harder, get dirty when we need to and not relax
2020 04 09 Retrieve
[De Ligt has failed to show the form that he displayed at Ajax in his debut season in Turin but Sarri has previously outlined why it will take time to see the best from the central defender] I am the first to be convinced that he will become the best defender in the world. He had five difficult months playing every three days and having to settle in a new country, a new league with a new language
2020 06 13 Retrieve
[Speaking following the first professional match in Italy since the Covid-19 outbreak] I asked Ronaldo to take a more central role, he was pleased to try it out and he played the game he needed to at this moment. He probably isn’t accustomed to missing a penalty, so hitting the inside of the post it could go anywhere and he was unlucky. I don’t think playing him a few metres more one way or another is going to make a huge difference to such a strong player. Everyone had a strong opening 30 minutes and then faded away
[Serie A champions Juve will face either Napoli or Inter in the Coppa Italia final in Rome on June 17 and Sarri] Clearly after three months, getting back to the touchline and seeing the teams out there is a good sensation, even if it’s not the same without the fans. I was very surprised and satisfied with our opening 30 minutes, as we moved the ball so quickly and totally dominated the game, even before the red card. After that, we slowly dropped our tempo, intensity and mental determination, but that is a risk in an empty stadium. We had been doing so well, playing one and two-touch football, but then we slowed down and lost some sharpness, focused more on individual moves and taking two touches. The positive is that we didn’t allow the opponents to play at all. It’s going to take a while to get the fitness and mentality back to 100 per cent. If you compare it to a pre-season game, it’d be early July, but this is worse than pre-season, because it was a much longer break. It’ll take some patience, but the first 30 minutes I saw today was an excellent sign
2020 06 21 Retrieve
[Juve boss Sarri denies training row with Pjanic ahead of Bologna clash] A row with him during the training session? That’s fake news. He’s one of the players I fielded the most this season and I have to rely on him, because he has a decisive role in the three-man midfield
2020 06 22 Retrieve
[Ronaldo made it clear to Sarri in a training session before the Coppa final that he didn’t want to fill in as a centre-forward in the absence of the injured Gonzalo Higuain] We talked before the Coppa Italia games with Milan and Napoli, and again yesterday (Saturday). He scored 700 goals by starting slightly wide of centre, that’s his preference and that is normal
[Talk of a training-ground bust-up between Sarri and his under-performing regista, Miralem Pjanic] That’s fake news, there was no argument. Mire is one of the players I fielded the most this season and I have to rely on him, because he has a decisive role in the three-man midfield.
2020 06 25 Retrieve
[Arthur agrees to Juventus move which opens door for Pjanic to Barcelona] On Pjanic, I don’t know what the situation is but right now we’re relying fully on him. It seems to me that he is improving in terms of his performances. Arthur is a Barcelona player and it would seem bad if I started to talk about him. I didn’t like it when Quique Setien spoke of Pjanic, who is my player, and I don’t want to speak about anything in an absolute way. The club have not given me any communication about it
2020 06 21b Retrieve
[Sarri said of Ronaldo’s preferred role] I talked to him before Milan. I talked to him before the Coppa Italia final against Napoli. And again yesterday I talked to him alone for a long time. He is a player who scored 700 goals by starting from the left side, it is clear that his preference is that
[The 61-year-old tactician also reflected on Juve’s second final defeat of the season] Losing a trophy is always painful, it hurts, it gives disappointment and bitterness, but this is the situation and we mustn’t beat ourselves up. We have to turn the page and we have to think about our next goals
2020 06 25 Retrieve
[Juventus manager Sarri has no problems picking Pjanic despite imminent Barcelona deal] If he is sold, it’ll be for other reasons. He is not under discussion from a technical point of view. But the club haven’t given me any signals in that sense, so I don’t take it into consideration. The discussions between him and me are on technical and mental aspects. He mustn’t worry if he misses a game, but he has to react quickly. I’m happy with Miralem and I’m sure, in that role, he can improve further
Arthur Melo is a Barcelona player and I don’t want to talk about him.
2020 06 25b Retrieve
[Maurizio Sarri says Gonzalo Higuain was especially touched by the events of the coronavirus pandemic] Higuain is a very sensitive person, he’s been touched in a particular way from the events of the world and from his personal experiences. At the time of his return he thought it was not even right to go back to playing, while in addition he had this little injury. Now it seems to me that he is finding that desire he had at the beginning. For us, his return is important
The games are all difficult as physical conditions are not optimal. We’ll need to be ready. We should not be looking at the other games but, instead, at our performances, which in the end will bring us the results. The league advantage isn’t substantial as there are still 33 points up for grabs. We need to have the right mentality, always
2020 06 27 Retrieve
[Sarri not worried about Pjanic’s Juventus future] I don’t know if Pjanic will no longer play with Juventus, I have not received any communication. These are not things that interest us, the market only starts in September. Miralem’s a professional, he understands situations quickly. I don’t know anything at the moment, but I’m not worried. He’ll be with us until the end of August. I hope he’ll stay with us even beyond that, but these are decisions that will be made at a later stage
[Sarri was particularly happy for Higuain given how the coronavirus crisis has affected the Argentine striker, an issue he had spoken about pre-game] He had a difficult time on a personal and global level, because the coronavirus emergency hit him a lot and left a mark on him. He has returned, had a minor injury and is now getting back into shape. I am happy that he scored immediately, he is a player who will give us a lot in this season finale
2020 06 27b Retrieve
[Improving Ronaldo needs to play a lot for Juventus] Cristiano now can play with a good fit. He needs to improve after the break and he is doing so match after match. He needs to play a lot. In the future we will find the way to preserve him across matches or for some matches. He is great in listening to himself and he will realise when he will need to stop and rest. But now I think he fits quite well.
[Amid doubts and criticism over Higuain] For us he is very important. He is powerful, one of the strongest centre forward in the world right now. He can be decisive for us at the end of the season. He had a difficult time on a personal and global level, because the coronavirus emergency hit him a lot and left a mark on him. He has returned, had a minor injury and is now getting back into shape. I am happy that he scored immediately, he is a player who will give us a lot in this season finale.
2020 06 27c Retrieve
[Pjanic and Arthur to undergo medicals as Barcelona & Juventus close on midfielder swap] Concerning Pjanic, we are sure that he will stay with us until the end of August. The lad is a great professional, very intelligent and he understands situations very quickly and knows how to adapt
2020 06 28 Retrieve
[Arthur and Pjanic pass medicals in Turin ahead of Juventus and Barcelona transfers] Concerning Pjanic, we are sure that he will stay with us until the end of August. The lad is a great professional, very intelligent and he understands situations very quickly and knows how to adapt
2020 06 29 Retrieve
[Sarri cautious over continuing to start Ronaldo and Dybala] It’s likely that they can start again [against Genoa]. It’s clear that if they play every game, in two or three matches we may have a problem, but I don’t think there is any risk for them to suffer some sort of fatigue right now. In the long run though we need to have [Gonzalo] Higuain fit and able to play a large part of the game, this will become essential at some point
[After Juve’s recent 4-0 win over Lecce, Sarri admitted Ronaldo was improving and would continue to do so the more he played] Cristiano now can play with a good fit. He needs to improve after the break and he is doing so match after match. He needs to play a lot. In the future we will find the way to preserve him across matches or for some matches. He is great in listening to himself and he will realise when he will need to stop and rest. But now I think he fits quite well
2020 06 29b Retrieve
[Maurizio Sarri has declared Miralem Pjanic ‘will be happy’ to seal a move to Barcelona] If the transfer becomes official, [Pjanic] will be happy because he will end his career in a great team. The boy can be happy with this solution, I am peaceful because he is serious and intelligent. The possibility that he doesn’t give us 101 per cent, I don’t see it. It’s good for both that they focus on what they have to do now. The opening of the market is two months away, they still have to play some important games. Talking about the market doesn’t give me pleasure. Some of the staff will certainly study Arthur thoroughly to get the clearest ideas, for now let’s enjoy Pjanic in this season finale