Mertens: “Sarri changed my life”


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Mertens: "Sarri changed my life"

The Belgian striker noted that the current Juventus coach, at the time in Napoli, reinvented him in his attacking position.

Dries Mertens has found a new life as a central striker for Napoli and I wanted to remember the decision of Maurizio Sarri, who in his time as team coach decided to reinvent him as “false nine”.

“In Sarri’s first year I played only six games from the beginning and he was angry. He always said to me ‘You are so important to me and to the team, don’t worry about your chance’. So one day he deployed me as a central forward and I was happy because it changed my life. He put me in the center and said ‘I am sure you will do well, “recalled the Belgian in an interview with UEFA.

However, he also had praise for Genaro Gattuso, his current coach in Napoli and with whom they could lift a season that started badly: “He is a very good coach, I think he is perfect for Napoli at the moment. He is giving the players young people many possibilities and I think he can also be an excellent coach for the future. “

“He has won a lot as a footballer and he knows what it means to win, it was something that was missing from the team. This is something that we also perceive with (Carlo) Ancelotti, one who won a lot and who tried to transmit this mentality also to the players”, Mertens added.

One of the most important challenges is, without a doubt, the series of knockout stages of the Champions League against Barceona. “We had a great match in the first leg, it was fantastic to score against Barcelona. On the return it will be more difficult. 1-1 at San Paolo forces us to score at Camp Nou. Without goals, we will be eliminated,” he analyzed.

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