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    Maurizio Sarri Admits Having ‘Eden Hazard Issues’ at Chelsea

    Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea couldn’t play his so-called ‘Sarri-ball’ as he took a swipe at his former side.
    The Italian left the Blues after leading them to third place in the Premier League and a Europa League success – albeit after a campaign where he largely found himself under threat of the sack.

    The Italian and his methods were never fully embraced by the Stamford Bridge faithful, and there were times when fans took aim at the 60-year-old, with chants “F**k Sarriball.”
    Now, the new Juventus boss, speaking at his unveiling in Turin, insists that he had too many individuals to make his style work in west London.

    “Chelsea are made up of technically superior players, but with different individual characteristics,” explained Sarri.
    “They have wingers who want the ball at their feet and like to go one-on-one. It leads to a less fluid style of football because Napoli had 11 who could play one-touch football.

    “Chelsea had seven or eight who could do that and the others were individuals who could make the difference going by themselves.
    “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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