Maurizio Sarri returns to his former club with Serie A leaders Juve on Sunday, and the veteran boss has given a retirement hint.
The Italian has indicated he could retire from football at the end of his Juve reign.
Since the 1929/30 season, Sarri is only the second Juve manager (after Carlo Parola in 1960) who won 14 of his first 15 home games.
The 61-year-old is in his 30th year of coaching. He has arguably reached the highest point of his career as he is taking charge of the Italian champions.
Juve will face to Sarri’s former team
As he prepares Juventus to tackle his former team Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo on Sunday, Sarri revealed he might not look for another job in the future.
When reporters asked him whether he could see himself ever returning to Napoli, The former Chelsea boss said that after this experience, he could even quit. According to his words, it depends on what energy he will have left to do well again.
Maurizio Sarri signed a three-year deal with Juventus in June 2019.
As he said, external pressure will not influence him, but if his motivation is lost, then it is better to stop.
Sarri’s Juventus lead the race in Serie A, owning a four-point cushion over Inter heading into the weekend.
He twice led Napoli to second-placed Inter finishes and is puzzled by the Naples side’s struggles this term.
A Coppa win over Lazio in midweek may mark a crossroad or prove a blip in a difficult campaign.
Though, Sarri thinks that Napoli are a better unit than their results suggest.
He said that Napoli are a powerful team that, even in difficult moments, can be hazardous in a one-off game. Their position doesn’t reflect their execution. And they will have high motivation.
Napoli have obviously changed from Ancelotti to Gattuso. They are working on upgrading their solidity because they remain ever dangerous in the attacking phase.”
Inter are aiming to bring in Christian Eriksen from Tottenham Hotspur. But Sarri appears calm and self-controlled by the prospect of the Nerazzurri strengthening with such an acquisition.