The Maurizio Sarri experiment at Chelsea did not last long, and now he has returned to the Serie A to have another crack at the Scudetto, but this time with Juventus.
If you’ve watched Sarri over the last few years, you know exactly what style of play he is going to bring. His 4-3-3 will be out in full force, and there is the potential for real magic at the Allianz Stadium next season.
Here’s how Sarri might line his side up next year according to 90min.com
SK-S – Wojciech Szczesny
A pretty straightforward one here. Sarri wants his goalkeeper to be composed on the ball, but the most important thing is that he is actually a good goalkeeper.
WB-A – Elseid Hysaj
If Joao Cancelo stays at Juventus, he will keep his place in the lineup. However, if he is sold to either Manchester United or Manchester City, Sarri will be forced to dip into the transfer market, and an old friend has become available.
BPD-D – Leonardo Bonucci
Leonardo Bonucci will be Sarri’s new Kalidou Koulibaly or David Luiz – the ball-playing machine who gives the team a new dynamic.
CD-D – Giorgio Chiellini
This is a tricky one. Giorgio Chiellini is an incredible defender, and his ability on the ball is often underappreciated, but then Daniele Rugani already has experience of working under Sarri from their mutual time with Empoli. In fact, Sarri played a huge part in making Rugani who he is today, but let’s go with Chiellini anyway.
WB-S – Alex Sandro
Few at Juventus will be as excited for Sarri’s arrival as Alex Sandro. The Brazilian lost his way under Allegri, but will be handed a new lease of life next season.
REG-S – Miralem Pjanic
You know for a fact that Sarri will try sign Jorginho, but let’s assume that Chelsea won’t play ball. Mateo Kovacic could be signed, but Sarri needs to give this ‘regista’ role to Miralem Pjanic.
CAR-S – Rodrigo Bentancur
Juventus don’t really have an out-and-out defensive midfielder who Sarri could agonisingly persist with playing out of position, so he might actually pick someone who is well-suited to the role.
MEZ-A – Aaron Ramsey
You could argue that this third midfielder – the Marek Hamsik or Mateo Kovacic – is the most important player in Sarri’s side. When they are perfectly suited, like Hamsik, they can be devastating. When they are not, the attack can look incredibly stagnant, which was a common criticism of Sarri’s Chelsea when Ruben Loftus-Cheek was not involved.
IF-S – Federico Bernardeschi
Sarri’s right-winger needs to be an energetic threat, and Federico Bernardeschi will fit in well here.
F9-S – Paulo Dybala
Paulo Dybala has often looked uncomfortable as a winger, which seems like a major waste of one of the world’s finest talents. Sarri should look to shift him back to a central role, and Dybala will certainly reward him.
IF-S – Cristiano Ronaldo
In both or Sarri’s previous sides, his best player has been his left-winger. Lorenzo Insigne and Eden Hazard were the ball-dominant wingers of Sarri’s dreams, but Ronaldo will take that to the next level.
Put it all together…
We went with the basic Vertical Tiki-Taka preset because truly, that preset was based on Sarri himself.
OH THE IRONY!
So what do you think? Will the smoke-filled sidelines of The Old Lady bring Sarriball or Sorryball to Turin? Only time will tell…
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