On 12th July 2018, Chelsea sacked Antonio Conte on behavioural grounds and he was replaced by fellow Italian Maurizio Sarri as the new Chelsea F.C manager. Coaching Napoli for three years, the Naples side under him scored 251 league goals which was more than any other side in the Italian Serie A during his tenure. The sixth Italian manager at Stamford Bridge since 1998 with names like Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri & Roberto Di Matteo have been at the Chelsea hotseat, Sarri is well known for playing a 4-3-3 formation which is a lot different from what Antonio Conte preferred (3-4-3).
This is a transitional period for the Blues under their new manager who comes to England with a reputation of being an attacking manager with his Naples’ side scoring 94 goals in the 2016-17 season, the most number of goals scored by any team in the Italian top flight since the turn of the century. Chelsea fans have to be really patient with their new manager as his initial idea would be to rebuild the Pensioners who finished 5th in the league as they missed out on Champions League football.
Maurizio Sarri has strengthened the Chelsea midfield by signing Jorginho from Napoli & Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid on loan. The new signings are expected to partner World Cup winner N’Golo Kante in midfield. With Eden Hazard staying at the club after being linked with a move to Real Madrid the entire summer the Belgian’s stay will further improve the chances of the Blues doing well in the league & other tournaments.
Pep Guardiola is a huge admirer of Maurizio Sarri & his style with the Manchester City boss saying, “Two teams with the same idea: high pressing, win the ball, short passes, dynamic in front. I am very pleased to face one of the coaches I admire the most.”
What do you expect out of Chelsea this season?