Maurizio Sarri has joked that his wife still thinks he is “the same d***head as before” despite Juventus sitting top of Serie A at the halfway stage of the season.
The 61-year-old’s Juve side are “winter champions” in Italy, with Inter Milan’s 1-1 draw at home to Atalanta on Saturday allowing them to move two points clear in first place by winning 2-1 away at Roma on Sunday.
Sarri has never won a league title in 24 years as a manager and only won his first trophy in Chelsea’s 4-1 Europa League final triumph over Arsenal last season.
There is a strong chance he will break another duck this term, but his wife is doing her best to keep his feet on the ground.
When asked about the title of “winter champions” after Sunday’s win at Roma, Sarri replied: “Winter Champions? My wife tells me that I am the same d***head as before,” he said.
Sarri’s Juve side are two points clear at the top of Serie A
“I was twice winter champion with Napoli without ever winning the Scudetto.
“I came to the conclusion, not to listen to the statistics.”
In Sarri’s first season at Napoli, they held a two-point lead over Juventus at the top of Serie A after the first 19 games of the campaign.
The Gli Azzurri failed to clinch the title, nevertheless, finishing nine points behind Juve in second place.
But the Italian has joked that his wife is keeping him grounded as he was twice crowned “winter champions” with Napoli
Two years later, Sarri’s Napoli did not register a league defeat until December and regained the title of “winter champions” with a one point lead over Juve at the halfway stage.
Yet once again they ended the season four points adrift of the Turin outfit in second place, before the former banker decided to move to England for a brief stint with the Blues.
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