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‘Crowning moment of a difficult career’: Maurizio Sarri feels Juventus role is reward for hard work

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Sarri returns to Italy after just one turbulent season in the Premier League with Chelsea, having previously coached his hometown team Napoli.
'Maurizio Sarri said his appointment as Juventus coach was “the crowning” moment of his 30-year managerial career as the former Chelsea manager was presented by the Serie A giants in Turin on Thursday. The 60-year-old returns to Italy after just one turbulent season in the Premier League with Chelsea, having previously coached his hometown team Napoli for three seasons. Juventus is the 20th team that Sarri has coached since the former banker took over at Stia, a team in the Italian eighth division back in 1990. “The offer of Juve, the most important team in Italy, is the crowning of a very long career, which for 80 percent of the time has been quite difficult,” Sarri told a press conference at the Allianz Stadium in Turin. Sarri, decked out in a Juventus team suit and tie rather than his usual tracksuit, was asked if he would adapt to the Juventus style. “I don’t know what the Juventus style is,” said the Neapolitan who once famously gave the middle finger to some Juventus fans. “Suit and tie or tracksuit? I have to talk to the club. “I would prefer not to wear the suit and tie on the pitch. The important thing is that at my age, they don’t send me out naked onto the pitch.” Despite his long.. Read more'

Maurizio Sarri blames Eden Hazard for defensive problems at Chelsea

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Italian champions Juventus unveiled their new head coach Maurizio Sarri on Thursday morning following last week’s announcement of a three-year contract with the former Chelsea boss.The Blues also agreed to a compensation package in excess of £5m.
'Italian champions Juventus unveiled their new head coach Maurizio Sarri on Thursday morning following last week’s announcement of a three-year contract with the former Chelsea boss . The Blues also agreed to a compensation package in excess of £5m.Sarri was not well-received by many sections of Chelsea fans as they criticized his style of play throughout last season.However, the 60-year old manager did have a promising year in-charge at Stamford Bridge leading Chelsea to a Europa League title, a third-place Premier League finish and also a Carabao Cup final.Sarri takes in his new home #WelcomeSarri pic.twitter.com/8mIj9Dso20 — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 20, 2019 The former Napoli boss, after touring the Allianz Stadium, was presented to the media where he reviewed his time in England and expressed his feelings about the latest job in-hand.He interestingly claimed that the English media strengthened him with their constant “attacks”.   “The world of the English media is well known to everybody, there are great newspapers and also some tabloids.This is something which certainly strengthens you a lot,” Maurizio Sarri said. “What I was a little disappointed with was the fact that here in Italy, what the tabloids wrote was mainly reported compared to the articles of the other newspapers.But of course then all of the criticism and the attacks, the pressure that you have to undergo will somehow strengthen you”, he added.Maurizio Sarri revealed that his time at Chelsea was a testing one and that he decided to move back to Italy during the second half of the season. “The Premier League was a great experience, but in the latter half [of the season], I felt professional and personal needs to return to Italy”, he said.Eden Hazard scored two goals in the Europa League final which landed Maurizio Sarri’s first trophy as manager.The manager also aimed a fascinating dig about departed Chelsea winger Eden Hazard who has joined Real Madrid. “We had to accommodate Hazard’s characteristics, as he could change the game, but also his presence caused issues in defending that we had to work on,” he admitted.Maurizio Sarri was enthralled at the prospect of working with Cristiano Ronaldo and stated that “training him would be another step forward” in his managerial career.However, having coached Napoli before his brief stint in London, the Italian will need to warm up to the Juventus faithful.Maurizio Sarri visited the Allianz Stadium in Turin before his first press conference. “I arrive with skepticism just as I did with all my other clubs,” he said. “I understand that, but I know only one way to change that and that is to win and convince while entertaining and getting results.” RECAP⎮ Sarri: “The crowning achievement of my career” https://t.co/kAnJ95zKLy #WelcomeSarri pic.twitter.com/ANNcpnpohF — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 20, 2019 . The post Maurizio Sarri blames Eden Hazard for defensive problems at Chelsea appeared first on Essentially Sports .'

UEFA Release New TV Opening Title for 2019-20 Champions League Season

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After Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool clinched their 6th UEFA Champions League trophy, all eyes are now on the 2019-20 season.To add to the hype, UEFA recently released a new TV theme to further add to it.
'After Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool clinched their 6th UEFA Champions League trophy, all eyes are now on the 2019-20 season.To add to the hype, UEFA recently released a new TV theme to further add to it.It was also around this time that the draws for the Champions League qualifying round and the Europa League was released.For both leagues, there are two qualifying draws each, the losing teams in the first Champions League draw, will enter the 2nd qualifying draw of the UEFA Europa League. 32 teams will be divided into three groups, with the first 2 consisting of ten teams and the third will have 12 teams.In the second qualifying draw for the Champions League, 20 teams will take part.Four teams will have directly qualified and the other 16 will come from the first qualifying round.All 20 teams will be further divided into two groups of ten teams each.The Europa League draw, boasts of a bigger roster consisting of 94 teams. 87 of them have directly qualified and the remaining 7 teams come from the preliminary round.They will all be split up into nine groups, with 7 groups consisting of ten teams and two groups with 12 teams.In the second qualifying group, there will be 74 teams, out of which, 27 have directly qualified.The remaining 47 teams will have progressed on from the first qualifying round.All of then will be divided into five groups of ten teams and two groups consisting of 12 teams. . The post UEFA Release New TV Opening Title for 2019-20 Champions League Season appeared first on Essentially Sports .'

Web series ‘Bombers’ explores the story of a Bengali football team fighting death and oblivion

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Directed by Vishal Furia and written by Vishal Kapoor, the series will be premiered on Zee5 on June 22.
'The erstwhile French colony Chandannagar, which is situated along the Hooghly river in West Bengal, is the stage for an underdog sports story in the web series Bombers . Directed by Vishal Furia ( Lapachhapi , Criminal Justice ) and written by Vishal Kapoor, the Zee5 series follows the trials and tribulations of the fictional Chandannagar-based football club Bombers FC. A tragic bus accident kills all players of the club except Badol (Varun Mitra). A minister, Manik Dasgupta (Sameer Soni), moves for the kill by taking over the club’s grounds and commissioning a shopping mall. The only way for Bombers FC to stop Manik is to rebuild the team from scratch. Set for a June 22 release, Bombers also stars Ranvir Shorey, Zakir Hussain, Sapna Pabbi, Aahana Kumra and Meiyang Chang in key roles. “The reason to pick Chandannagar for the story was because of its rich French heritage, which in turn has influenced the intense passion for football that its residents have,” Kapoor told Scroll.in . “Every time, during the football world cup finals, the entire city is drowned in the French flag’s colours and people are on the streets to cheer for France.” The 2018 football world cup final match between France and Croatia was telecast live on a giant screen in Chandannagar. Read more'