Sarri Not Intimidated By Rome Rival Mourinho’s Successes

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File picture: ex-Juventus’ Italian coach Maurizio Sarri seems on in the course of the Italian Cup (Coppa Italia) spherical of 16 soccer match Juventus vs Udinese on January 15, 2020 on the Juventus stadium in Turin. Isabella BONOTTO / AFP


Jose Mourinho’s trophy cupboard could also be bulging however new Lazio boss Maurizio Sarri stated Friday that counts for nothing as the previous Chelsea managers put together to share the Stadio Olimpico subsequent season.

Mourinho will coach Roma whereas Sarri takes cost of metropolis rivals Lazio, each housed in the identical stadium within the Italian capital.

“I can’t see this great dualism with Mourinho,” Sarri informed a press convention within the Italian capital.

“I met him and he is a good character. He has won much more than me, has a higher pedigree than mine, even if it doesn’t count for anything. In the derby we will do everything, and more, to get through the match.”

Mourinho, 58, famously dubbed himself ‘the Special One’ to announce his arrival at Chelsea, who he result in a primary English league title in 50 years in 2005, happening to win two extra league titles, and eight trophies in complete in Stamford Bridge.

The Portuguese, who has gained 25 trophies as a coach in his profession together with the Champions League with Inter Milan and Porto, signed for Roma two weeks after being sacked by Tottenham.

Sarri gained his first teaching trophy with Chelsea within the Europa League in 2019 earlier than transferring to Juventus the place he gained Serie A in 2000 earlier than being dismissed.

But the 62-year-old believes he has discovered the suitable slot in Lazio, a crew who’ve gained Serie A twice, most not too long ago in 2000.

“I chose Lazio for two reasons — a personal one and a sporting one,” stated the Italian coach famed for his ‘Sarriball’ fast-paced, possession-based fashion model of attacking soccer at Napoli from 2015-18.

“I noticed on this membership the traits to precise myself at greatest. In this crew I see the circumstances to play the soccer I like.

“Lazio comes at a time when I needed this type of club, with these characteristics, which could lead me to do this job in the way that suits me best.”

He added: “The membership needed to me to signal a four-year contract.

“I wanted it shorter because I want to be sure in two years that I have the same energy. We will play in a different way, we will try to remain competitive.”

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In this file picture taken on March 4, 2021, Tottenham Hotspur’s Portuguese head coach Jose Mourinho seems on in the course of the English Premier League soccer match between Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur at Craven Cottage in London.  NEIL HALL / POOL / AFP


Sarri takes over from Simone Inzaghi who moved to Serie A champions Inter Milan after 5 years in Rome.

Inzaghi beat Sarri’s Juventus to carry the Italian Super Cup in 2019 and in addition challenged for the Serie A title within the 2019-2020 season earlier than ending fourth after the coronavirus disruption.

Lazio completed sixth final season.


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