Mauricio Sarri hits out at Juventus and Ronaldo in an interview after taking over officially at Lazio. (Photo credit: Sky Italia) Lazio ma...
|Mauricio Sarri hits out at Juventus and Ronaldo in an interview after taking over officially at Lazio. (Photo credit: Sky Italia)|
Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri has come out to say Cristiano Ronaldo is very difficult to manage while talking about his time as Juventus head coach.
Sarri replaced Max Allegri at Juventus after leading Chelsea to the Europa League success but was dismissed at Juventus after a somewhat underwhelming season which unraveled at the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League where they lost to Lyon.
Cristiano Ronaldo had joined from Real Madrid after a sensational season and was looking to take things further with the Old Lady of Turin, they indeed won the league and Ronaldo contributed 30 Serie A goals which remains a record in a single season but Sarri said it wasn’t easy managing the goal poacher.
"Ronaldo's management is not simple, from all points of view," Sarri told radio station Sport Italia. "He is a multinational company; he has personal interests that must coincide with football.
"His interests go beyond what is normal, beyond the team or club. I am a coach, not a manager. Ronaldo, however, brings the numbers at the end of the year.
"But in recent years, I hear a lot about players and little about teams."
Sarri also had words for the Juventus hierarchy as he opined that they didn’t appreciate his success at the club and he saw them celebrating a fourth place finish that came because Napoli bottled it and handed it over to them.
He continued by saying his title success wasn’t celebrated and now may be the best time to go to Juventus