Chelsea vs Arsenal Europa League tie is upon us and Blues manager Maurizio Sarri is set to enter his name in the history book ahead of his club's final game of 2018-19 campaign.
The Italian arrived Stamford Bridge as Chelsea manager on July 14, replacing compatriot Antonio Conte, who was sent packing the day before
In his first competitive match on August 5, Chelsea lost the Community Shield 2–0 to Man City at Wembley Stadium.
The following week, the Italian claimed his first win as Chelsea manager in a 3–0 league win away to Huddersfield Town as Blues went first twelve league matches without defeat, until November 24, when Tottenham hammered Chelsea 3–1.
Going forward, the Blues reached the League Cup final as the Italian tactician, who has never played in a final of any competition finally had a chance less than a year after arriving the English topflight.
Although Sarri suffered defeat at the hands of Pep Guardiola’s Man City during the Carling Cup final, the Italian tactician will be the cynosure of all eyes when Chelsea tackle another EPL rival Arsenal.
The encounter slated for the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Arzebajian, on May 29 will offer Sarri another opportunity to claim his first major trophy.
At the last count, Sarri has ended up as runner-up the few times he has managed to reach the final, but has managed to win four individual awards - Panchina d'Argento in 2013–14, Panchina d'Oro in 2015–16, Enzo Bearzot award in 2017 and Serie A coach of the year in 2016–17 campaign.
After watching Chelsea cruise to the final, Sarri, will emerge UEFA Europa League's oldest winning manager at 60 years 139 days if the Blues pip Arsenal in Baku.
Victory will also see Sarri break Jose Mourinho’s previous milestone of winning the trophy at 54 years, 118 days, when he guided United to Europa League success in 2017.
To sum it up, it will be Sarri first major trophy, coming after 30 years of club football management.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Maurizio Sarri has threatened to walk out of his contract if winning the Europa League is the only condition to keep his job.
The Blues battle fellow Premier League side Arsenal in the final of UEFA second tier championship next week in Azerbaijan.
Sarri will be hoping to win silverware for the club to make his first season memorable, having lost out of other domestic trophies.
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