It will not be straightforward for Maurizio Sarri
Following Antonio Conte’s departure from Chelsea, Sarri was confirmed to take over the managerial duties in July. Once the details were confirmed, Sarri was left with the burden to introduce an entirely new footballing philosophy, in a race against time.
Sarri promised to provide the same kind of entertainment at Chelsea but it remains to be seen how quickly he can get his new side playing within the parameters of his vision.
On Wednesday Maurizio Sarri admitted it could take up to three months for Chelsea to reach top form with his playing style.
The Blues’ pre-season preparations have been hindered by the late return of Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard, Michy Batshuayi, N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud to training following the World Cup.
The signing of Jorginho, a key player at Napoli, should help, but Chelsea’s only other new arrival so far is back-up goalkeeper Robert Green. Batshuayi was the only recent returnee who did not feature in their 0-0 draw with Lyon in the International Champions Cup on Tuesday, and Sarri feels it is better late than never with their Premier League campaign starting at Huddersfield on Saturday.
On Wednesday Sarri said after Chelsea’s 5-4 penalty shootout victory; “They have to work, obviously. I’m very happy and at last I can work with all my players for the first time [together] tomorrow. We have only three days to prepare for the next match and it will be very important for us.
“I think we have to work, but we started to work [together] two days ago. Potentially, in two or three months, we can become a very good team.”
Another major signing is expected to follow in Kepa Arrizabalaga, as Goal reported the Blues will trigger the goalkeeper’s €80 million release clause, surpassing Alisson’s move for over €60 million. However, Sarri declined to comment on the possible incomings and outgoings at Stamford Bridge.