Jorginho Would Be 'Surprised' If 'Relaxed' Maurizio Sarri Left Chelsea in Summer

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMay 23, 2019

COBHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea smiles during a Chelsea press conference on the eve of their UEFA Europa Leageu semi final against Eintracht Frankfurt at Chelsea Training Ground on May 08, 2019 in Cobham, England. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Getty Images)
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Chelsea midfielder Jorginho said he would be "surprised" if manager Maurizio Sarri were to leave the club this summer. 

The Italian coach spent much of the season under pressure at Stamford Bridge, and he is also among the names linked with the impending vacancy at Juventus when Massimiliano Allegri leaves this summer.

Jorginho followed Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea in 2018, and when asked if he might go with him again if the boss leaves, he told Sky Sport Italia (h/t Goal's Sacha Pisani):

"I have four years on my contract with Chelsea.

"I'd be surprised he did leave, because we are third in the Premier League behind Manchester City and Liverpool, we're in the Europa League Final and reached the Carabao Cup Final.

"It has been a positive season. Sarri is relaxed, even more so now than in other stages of the campaign."

It has been a turbulent first campaign for Sarri in England, as he has struggled to implement the attractive attacking philosophy that made his Napoli side one of the most entertaining teams in Europe.

The team scored 63 goals in the Premier League, the lowest tally in the top six.

Goal's Nizaar Kinsella put their struggles in front of goal in further context:

There were some low points too. They suffered four defeats between January 19 and February 18, including a 4-0 thrashing by Bournemouth and a 6-0 humiliation at the hands of Manchester City.

However, as The Telegraph's Matt Law and ESPN FC's Liam Twomey observed, the campaign has been relatively successful overall:

Not including the Community Shield, Chelsea did not suffer their first defeat of the season until November 24.

The Blues' campaign will be even more successful if they beat Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League final on May 29.

Sarri does not want that game to be the deciding factor in whether the club keeps him, though:

Capping the season with a major trophy will cast the campaign in a much more positive light, but there's plenty of promise to be taken from a third-placed finish and two finals, even if neither is won.

Catching Liverpool and Manchester City will be difficult, particularly when Chelsea face a two-window transfer ban and Eden Hazard is expected to leave. But there's little reason not to give Sarri more time.


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