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Tracksuit-wearing Maurizio Sarri looking for a loophole in his Juventus contract

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 10:52, 21 June 2019

Maurizio Sarri believes he’s not contractually obliged by Juventus to wear a suit on match days.

The 60-year-old Italian tactician recently ended a one-year association with Chelsea, after guiding the Premier League side to a Europa League triumph. He took up the vacant Juve manager’s job following Massimiliano Allegri’s resignation.

For some it was a controversial move given his past with arch-rivals Napoli (2015-18), but Sarri – who reportedly became homesick – saw this as an opportunity to guide another of Europe’s super clubs.

Renowned for his tactical acumen, which attracted Chelsea’s attention in the first place, the powers that be in Turin, though appreciative of Allegri, felt his pragmatic approach wasn’t getting the very best of those at his disposal.

Juve and their supporters are hoping Sarri can bring his swashbuckling brand of football, which Napoli greatly displayed throughout his tenure (even if it didn’t bring silverware), but don’t expect him to look business smart in the dugout.

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“I prefer not to wear a Juventus suit on the pitch,” he told reporters.

“Off the pitch, when I represent Juventus, I am obliged to wear it and it is written in my contract.

“But on the pitch, I would prefer not to, but we will discuss it. The important thing, at my age, is they don’t ask me to go naked.”

Earlier in the day Aurelio de Laurentiis, the Napoli president and Sarri’s former employer, had raised the subject of the new Juve coach’s unpolished demeanour.

“Sarri is a man of the stadium, the curve, someone who’s liked by the fans,” De Laurentiis told Naples media.

“Ancelotti, on the other hand, is a company man. It’ll be even better to see Ancelotti beat Juve on the pitch.

“Sarri is always in tracksuits, he shouts and swears. I’d like to see how he adapts to the style of his new team, but it’ll be even better to see Ancelotti beat Juve on the pitch.

“After that, what the Napoli fans, who consider Sarri to be only a great traitor, say?”

Sarri’s return to Serie A. Five things to know…

  • Juventus will be Sarri’s second Serie A club after Napoli.
  • He’d oversee 152 league games in charge of Napoli winning 87 and losing 25 times.
  • Under him, Napoli would score 297 goals or once every 46 minutes.
  • Their best finish was second – achieved in 2015/16 and 2017/18.
  • His only Premier League season saw him guide Chelsea to third.