The Italian Serie A was thrilled with the news of the return of the Italian football manager, Maurizio Sarri, to the league yet again.
Sarri is not a first-timer in this highly competitive league; he has been managing clubs from this league in the past, including Napoli and Juventus. Moreover, Sarri fared well as a manager in one of the most competitive leagues globally, the Premier League, during his time at Chelsea. We cannot wait for the magic that Sarri will bring to the league.
With the bookmakers around UK and Europe ranking them among the favourites, what should we expect from Sarri and Lazio this coming season?
Have you ever heard of Sarriball? This is a style of play that closely resembles the tiki-taka. Every club where Sarri has managed appeared to adopt this kind of football where the ball is passed around until they can find a pocket of space to utilize and hurt the opposition. Chelsea expertly portrayed this style of football. Sarri took them to the EFL cup final but sadly lost in the penalty shoot-out to Manchester City. However, this does not mean that Sarri’s style of play is questionable.
His style of play did not fit Juventus. This means that it is a style that requires a specific type of player. For example, when he was at Chelsea, he would field three midfielders, with Jorginho coming in as a register, just as he used him at Napoli. However, this was not the case at Juventus, and many are eager to see if he will still try it out at Lazio.
Sarri is expected to adopt a 4-3-3 formation and play exciting football. The derby between Lazio and AS Roma is already one of the most anticipated matches in the league, with former Chelsea and United manager Jose Mourinho being the new AS Roma manager.
Competitiveness & Winning Mentality
Yes, Sarri is not one of the most decorated managers in Serie A. However, this does not mean that he doesn’t bring a winning mentality to the team. After penning his contract, the Italian manager claimed that he aims to lead Lazio back to its best and compete for the Scudetto. Additionally, he claimed that the aim for his first season at Lazio was to secure Champions League football for them. This means that they have to hit the ground as soon as the season kick starts.
Sarri promised a turnaround at Lazio after signing his two-year contract with the club. He said that even though the club offered him four years, he was more than glad to opt for a shorter contract, citing his age as the main reason. He claimed that if he will string be good to hi in two years, he can extend his contract with the Italian giants.
Even though he isn’t highly decorated, Sarri is not new to winning titles. For example, he won the Europa League during his time at Chelsea. This was a season that saw Chelsea go for an entire season unbeaten in the Europa League. In fact, they thrashed their rivals Arsenal 4-1 during the final, with the Belgian ace Eden Hazard shining the brightest in that game.
At Juventus, life was a bit harder for him, primarily due to inconsistency. However, the club still managed to win Serie A. Even though he was sacked by the club two weeks later, he still did something for them. This makes him no stranger in the Serie A, and with a young team ready to compete on the biggest stage, it will be up to Sarri to bring things together and get the job done for Lazio.
The Signing of New Top Quality Players
With the arrival of Sarri to Lazio, the mid-table club will eventually attract some of the top talents in the country, each trying to make a mark in the new era at the club. Saaro himself talked about the transfer market, claiming that even though they already have top-quality players, they will still need new signings to play with a different system and formation compared to the past seasons. Even though he didn’t mention any names, Sarri claimed that they had already discussed the characteristics of the players they would like to sign at the club.
Lazio has already signed two top-quality players in Felipe Anderson and Elseid Hysaj. For Hysaj, he will be looking to work together with his former manager (who he had worked with at Napoli). On the other hand, Felipe Anderson will be looking to regain a form that he once had in the Premier League during his time at West Ham.
Sarri is a top-drawer manager. He is also lucky to land a job at a club ready to compete for the Scudetto or for the top four. This will spice up the league and make it more competitive. What a season it might turn out to be.