Blog Written by Gennaro Episcopo (@NapoliFootball_):
Earlier this week, in an interview with Mediaset, Sarri emphasized the difficulty in facing the upcoming series of matches. He pointed out that the new arrivals were young and would need time to settle in and grow as players. He also noted how several players were not yet match fit. This was interpreted by some as a criticism toward the club board and the squad made available to him. He seemed to want to respond to those accusations in comments made after the Palermo match:
"We’ve brought in talented young players who will have a bright future. I’m happy that today, and for the next few years, Napoli has talented youngsters to watch grow. I just wanted to put things in context and make a very logical point. They are young players and during this time of the year in which there is very little time to train, it is only normal that we will have to be patient with them. Therefore, I think my words were misrepresented.
I’m against this way of practicing football. It’s not just me though. I think many people who have been involved in the game are as well. In three months (September, October, November) players are away on international duty for 10 days and in the remaining 20 days have to play 7 matches. In these conditions you aren’t practicing football, you’re just feeding a money making machine. You can’t prepare players physically or tactically. I’m not complaining about my team; I’m complaining about the current state of football on behalf of those who truly love it."
Those are some strong words by Sarri against what modern day football has become. I’m sure that many professionals and fans would probably agree with him. However with so much money involved, it will take a strong effort to change things for the better.