Sarri admits Hazard outlook caused problems at Chelsea

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea speaks with Eden Hazard of Chelsea during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Chelsea and Slavia Praha at Stamford Bridge on April 18, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

New Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri has admitted that Eden Hazard “caused issues” with his Chelsea system.

The 60-year-old Italian was presented to the media in Turin yesterday and thanked Chelsea for the gracious way they allowed him return to Italy after just 12 months in England.

“I thank Chelsea for their actions, as Marina Granovskaia confirmed herself as one of the best directors out there,” said Sarri.

Sarri quickly followed Eden Hazard out of the Stamford Bridge door with the Belgium forward signing for Real Madrid in a deal which could be worth £130million with add-ons, but the former Napoli coach says it was hard to work his system around the attacker.

“You can’t start with a system and send players away or bring them in,” said Sarri.

“We have to identify the two or three players who can make the difference. The third step is to talk to the players, listen to them and then see what system we can use.

“In recent years, I’ve had 4-3-3, but the 4-3-3 at Chelsea was very different to the one at Napoli. We had to accompany Eden Hazard’s characteristics, as he could change the game, but also his presence caused issues in defending that we had to work on.”