The Italian masterminded a 4-1 win over rivals Arsenal in Baku on Wednesday night to walk away with his first ever piece of major silverware in his managerial career.
And you could see what it meant to him after receiving his medal from UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.
Maurizio Sarri receives his Europa League winners’ medal in the post-match presentation
The Chelsea manager was seen admiring his award as his team made their way on to the stage
Sarri sweetly savours the moment after winning his first piece of major silverware as manager
The 60-year-old gives a wry smile after capping off his turbulent season as Blues boss
As his Blues squad filtered on to the stage to lift the trophy, Sarri was seen in the background admiring the piece of gold.
His reaction was caught by cameras which ended with a wry smile from the 60-year-old.
It’s easy to see why Sarri was savouring the moment – it was 20 years in the making after beginning his career as a banker before taking up amateur coaching in his spare time.
In 2005 he was eventually appointed as manager of Serie B side Pescara before winning promotion to the Serie A with Empoli nine years later.
Sarri celebrates at the final whistle after masterminding a 4-1 win over Arsenal on Wednesday
The Italian boss receives his winners’ medal from UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin (right)
Sarri can’t hide his delight as he lifts the Europa League title with his Chelsea team behind him
After impressing at Napoli with his attacking brand of football, Sarri would eventually seal a move to Stamford Bridge and win the Europa League at the first time of asking.
While this season did eventually end on a high for Sarri, he did conceded that he doesn’t know if he will stay on as Chelsea boss after being linked with the vacant manager’s position at Juventus.
Sportsmail reported earlier on Wednesday that Juventus players have already been told to expect Sarri to replace Max Allegri as manager next season.
‘This is the time to celebrate,’ he told Sky Sport Italia. ‘From tomorrow, as with all clubs, we’ll sit down and see what the club wants me to improve and what I want the club to improve on.
‘There are still two years remaining on my contract, so as with every club, we have to sit down and evaluate everything.’
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