Chelsea let Maurizio Sarri leave all too soon after only one season in charge at the club, according to former winger Gianfranco Zola.
Zola was part of Sarri backroom staff and worked closely with the Italian manager who left the Chelsea role for Juventus. Sarri spent only one full season at the club, a reign that was marred with fans’ frosty relationship with the head coach. His stint did come with its problems but finished on a high as Chelsea won the Europa League and secured Champions League football via the top four-place in the Premier League standings.
Blues legend Zola believes Chelsea let Sarri leave too early, as he usually takes his time to build a squad ready to challenge for trophies on all fronts.
“Looking at the way he works, it takes a little bit of time to put in place what he wants to do and also he is very demanding on the players. But, after the players get used to it, they get better and better, and the work becomes more effective.
It’s a pity, because I think it would have been good for the club if Maurizio stayed and it would have been good for Maurizio as well.”
Gianfranco Zola, Daily Mail
Sarri has been replaced by Frank Lampard and the Blues’ all-time top scorer is hoping to build a legacy at the club where he earned his name across the world as a top central midfielder.