Maurizio Sarri dedicates Uefa Europa League win to Napoli fans

Sarri has won the first major trophy of his career as his Chelsea side hammered Unai Emery’s men on Wednesday evening. After a goalless first half, Olivier Giroud opened the scoring with an excellent header, while Pedro doubled Chelsea’s lead before Eden Hazard added a third from the penalty spot. Alex Iwobi scored a fine long-range effort to hand Arsenal a lifeline but the Gunners’ hopes were extinguished as Hazard netted his second of the game just three minutes later to complete Chelsea’s 4-1 win. But speaking after the final whistle, Sarri was keen to pay tribute to his former club after leaving them last summer to join Stamford Bridge. ‘I am pleased that Napoli congratulated me, I had no doubts it would happen,’ Sarri told Sky Sport Italia.

‘The Neapolitans know how much love I have for them and that last year I went abroad to avoid going straight to another Italian club. ‘They will always have my love and respect. The profession means at times we might have to take different paths, but that will never change my history or my respect for them.

‘I dedicate this firstly to the Napoli fans, because this is the satisfaction I was unable to give them last year. ‘I also dedicate it to those lads in the Chelsea squad who couldn’t play tonight because of injuries. ‘I think it’s only right for all of us to have a special thought for them.’

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