Most experts believe that Jose Mourinho is a more successful coach than Maurizio Sarri, but the Italian tactician believes that counts for nothing because both will share the Stadio Olimpico next season.
I can't see this great dualism with Mourinho,"
Sarri told a press conference.
"I met him and he is a good character. He has won much more than me, has a higher pedigree than mine, even if it doesn't count for anything. In the derby we will do everything, and more, to get through the match."
Mourinho has a very proud past. The Special One led Chelsea to the Premier League title after 50 years and won a historic treble in 2010 with Inter; He has also led Porto to the Champions League title. In contrast, Sarri has won his first European Cup with Chelsea in the 2019 Europa League. However, the 62-year-old Italian considers Lazio a good option.
I chose Lazio for two reasons -- a personal one and a sporting one,
" said the Italian coach
"I saw in this club the characteristics to express myself at best. In this team I see the conditions to play the football I like.
"Lazio comes at a time when I needed this type of club, with these characteristics, which could lead me to do this job in the way that suits me best."
Sarri added: "
The club wanted to me to sign a four-year contract
"I wanted it shorter because I want to be sure in two years that I have the same energy. We will play in a different way, we will try to remain competitive."