John Terry

Football's odd couple of Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri know only a trophy can strengthen their bond


His down-to-earth approach struck a chord with the Naples port workers who packed into the dilapidated San Paolo stadium and revelled in landing blows on the traditionally more affluent Northern trio of Juventus, who Sarri’s Napoli team finished second to, AC Milan and Inter.


By the time he was sacked in July last year, having lifted the FA Cup, Conte’s relationship with the board had deteriorated to the point where the announcement was made over just 61 words, but the supporters remained grateful.


Those who sung ‘f--- Sarri-ball’ and chanted for him to be sacked at Cardiff City at the end of March may have parked their dissatisfaction, but it has not been eradicated by finishing above Tottenham Hotspur and booking a final against Arsenal.


While Victor Moses, a popular member of the squad who had been pivotal in the Premier League title and FA Cup successes, was often left out of small-sided training games before joining Fenerbahce on loan.


And yet Sarri, who barely had a pre-season in which to prepare , has performed better than Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino did in their first seasons at their respective clubs and has promised improvement if he is given a second campaign.


Just as he took in the stray dog he found wandering the streets of Naples in the early hours of one morning, Sarri has refused to give up on Jorginho who has faced non-stop accusations of being treated as a teacher’s pet.






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