Maurizio Sarri unveiled as new Juventus coach
The 60-year-old was unveiled by Director Fabio Paratici on Thursday morning at a press conference in Turin.
On Ronaldo, Sarri says: “Ronaldo? In recent years I have coached many strong players, at Chelsea and Napoli. Now I will train the top of the world, a guy with all the records. I’d like to take him to break even more records.”
On returning to Italy with Juventus, and the challenge ahead, Sarri says:
“Juventus gave me that opportunity and it’s the crowning moment of a career that for 80 per cent of it was extremely tough. I feel that I have respected everyone and I gave my all.
“When Juventus contacted me, the sensation was strong. I’ve never seen a club so determined to get a Coach in my 30 years here and that is what convinced me.
“I think we have a long path ahead of us. I was talking to the President about structures and organisation. Going around English stadiums, you realise how inadequate our arenas are. There needs to be a cultural shift, as you turn behind you on the bench and are surrounded by children.
”I think in terms of club organisation and tactically on the field, we still have the upper hand compared to England.
”I am excited by Serie A this season, because there is the return of Antonio Conte, Marco Giampaolo at Milan, the arrival of an exciting talent like Paulo Fonseca at Roma and at Sassuolo a man I admire a great deal, Roberto De Zerbi. I see a sparkling situation.”
On his choice to join Juve despite them being Napoli’s fierce rivals, he says:
“I had three years at Napoli, I made a choice out of respect to them to go abroad. With the need to come to Italy, I received an offer from Juventus and that’s it.
”In my life, I have respected everyone and given 110 per cent to every jersey I worked with. I’ll do the same with these colours, I cannot do more than 110 per cent.
”My choices were very logical, there’s no need to write a novel around it.
“Clubs are at the end of the day made up of people. I liked the unity I saw in the first approach from Juventus, as that is important for me. At the end of the day, you work for a club and what allows you to give another one per cent is the emotional bond with the people.
”I needed only a couple of meetings with them to realise how determined, strong and with a solid mentality, they were. I like that.”