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Maurizio Sarri finally won his first trophy as a manager on Wednesday night in the Europa League final and his reaction to getting his hands on a medal is enough to warm the heart.
29 years and 19 clubs into his managerial career Maurizio Sarri has finally won his first trophy after managing Chelsea to their Europa League victory over Arsenal on Wednesday night.
It feels somewhat a crazy idea that the Italian managed to land the job at Chelsea before having won any silverware but such was his impressive work with Napoli.
In Italy he came as close to anyone to beating Juventus to the title in the last eight years, proved by the fact that the Old Lady's margin over the Naples side increased from four points to 11 in the last year, between Sarri being in charge and not.
The 60 year old also came close to his first success earlier this season when Chelsea lost on penalties to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.
On Wednesday he finally managed it thanks to second half goals from Olivier Giroud, Pedro and two for Eden Hazard against Arsenal and the look on his face when he received his medal will make you smile:
In his first season in charge at Chelsea the Italian has led the team to third in the Premier League, behind only Manchester City and Liverpool's incredible seasons, to the final of the league cup and now success in Europe's second competition.
Despite all that his whole season has been followed with rumours that he would be sacked and even the Wembley cup final was marred by Kepa's decision to not come off when substituted.
Sarri is now favourite to replace Max Allegri at Juventus and bring his time in England to a premature end.
It would be an incredible turnaround having started his career at the bottom of the Italian ladder and worked his way up to eventually end up at the club who have won Serie A eight years in a row.
It's good to see good people achieve and Sarri certainly seems like one of them.
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