Napoli chief: Sarri must win trophies to be considered a great coach

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has admitted that new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is a genius, but thinks that the highly rated coach must do more than just play attractive football, and must start to deliver trophies.

Sarri has spent most of his career in the lower reaches of Italian football, but he has won many admirers in recent seasons for the progressive possession based tactics his Napoli side became synonymous with.

Napoli pushed Juventus all the way in Serie A last season, but were ultimately unable to break the Old Lady’s stranglehold on the Serie A crown, despite amassing an impressive 91 points.

De Laurentiis has now insisted that the 59-year-old Chelsea manager must start to deliver trophies and learn how to utilise a larger core of players if he is to be considered amongst the games elite.

“Yes. [he is a genius], but he’s also very set in his ways,” De Laurentiis said in quotes carried by the London Evening Standard.

“He would only use the same 11-13 players and it’s impossible to compete in two competitions when you do that.

“A real, bona fide coach has to win things – not just entertain.”

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