Dutch legend Ruud Gullit is convinced that Maurizio Sarri’s tactic of criticizing his players is destined to fail miserably if he continues to do it.
Maybe it’s because Maurizio Sarri didn’t get the memo when both Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte were sacked by Manchester United and Chelsea, but Dutch legend Ruud Gullit doesn’t get why the Italian manager decided to criticize his player out of left field.
Both Jose and Antonio began their own demise right after they started coming after the players because they thought it was a good way to “wake them up”, they started to come after them in a very public manner and many of them didn’t take it very well.
A football manager in one of the biggest clubs in the world needs to understand one thing, professional players have giant egos and they don’t take criticism very well in private, let alone in public.
So when both of these managers decided it was a good idea to throw their players under the bus in front of the cameras, it was pretty obvious that the rest of the players in the squad would take the side of their teammates rather than the manager.
Mourinho came after several of his players and we all know what happened, Conte went after a few and everybody at Chelsea turned against him.
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Maurizio Sarri doesn’t seem to understand that doing this is a big “no-no” in any major club, coming after Eden Hazard might end up as a huge mistake on his part.
The situation might end up a bit different than with the other two managers we mentioned, as the Belgian forward’s reaction could just be to leave the Blues and finally make his decision to play for Real Madrid and the Chelsea players might resent the coach because they will think his criticism pushed him away from the club.
An expert on knowing how dressing rooms work is Dutch midfielder Ruud Gullit, a former AC Milan star who was part of that mythical Rossoneri squad that won two consecutive European Championships before the format became known as the UEFA Champions League.
During his time as a Milan player, Gullit was able to know the insides of the dressing room in detail and knows exactly how a star-studded squad would react to criticism like the one Sarri is handing out at the moment.
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“It is very, very risky to criticize your players in public like Sarri did this week – even if you know you are right,” Gullit wrote in a BBC Match of the Day column.
“Sometimes as a manager you really want to be open about what you are thinking, good or bad, and for the right reasons. You are hoping your players respond in the right way.”
“But if that openness is misinterpreted by them, then you have more problems.”
“What you really don’t want is a situation that plays out in the media like the one we have just seen at Chelsea. The only people who benefit when that happens are the newspapers.”
“Sarri spoke about Hazard, calling him an individual and not a leader, and then Hazard responded by basically saying he does not care what his manager thinks, he is still going to do his thing – so shut up,” he added.
“That is already a sign of what can go wrong when you call your players out.”
“I have never really felt like Sarri’s job was at risk through all this but, if they keep talking about each other then, as a manager, he is in trouble.”
“That has nothing to do with the power of the player involved, either.”
“Yes, Hazard is Chelsea’s best player, and they rely on him too much, but it is the whole dressing room that Sarri has to handle here and keep happy, not just an individual.”
"It is very, very risky to criticise your players in public like Sarri did this week, even if you know you are right."
Ruud Gullit says Maurizio Sarri should avoid saying anything negative about his Chelsea players.
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