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Former Chelsea and Juventus boss Sarri named new Lazio manager

Maurizio Sarri has been appointed coach of Lazio, the club announced on Wednesday.

The former Chelsea and Juventus boss, 62, will take over following the departure of Simone Inzaghi, recently hired by Inter.

Lazio finished sixth in Serie A last season and will play in the Europa League next season.

Sarri’s path to Lazio

Sarri’s road to top management is famous after a career as a semi-professional footballer and, ultimately, a banker.

He started his coaching career in 1990 in Italy’s lower divisions, before making his way to Napoli in 2015.

In Naples, Sarri became one of the best coaches in Italian football, winning the Serie A Coach of the Year title in 2016-17.

He also developed a style of play that was quickly dubbed “Sarriball,” a dynamic attacking style based on possession.

Eventually, Sarriball traveled to London when he was appointed Chelsea manager, replacing fellow Italian Antonio Conte.

He only spent one season in England, winning the Europa League, the first trophy of his career, before returning home to Italy to lead Juventus.

However, he proved awkward at Turin as he once again only lasted one season, despite winning Serie A in 2019-20.

He was sacked after the club were knocked out in the Champions League round of 16 at the hands of Lyon last August, and quit playing football until he took on a new challenge with Lazio.

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