Friday June 29 2018
Premier League ready for Sarrismo

Chelsea are set to replace current Italian Coach Antonio Conte with Maurizio Sarri who can breathe new ideas into English football, writes Matthew Santangelo.

For weeks since Napoli confirmed the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti, Chelsea supporters have been clamouring for Russian owner Roman Abramovich to bring in Maurizio Sarri to replace their Premier League-winning Italian Coach Antonio Conte.

The Blues are keen to answer those calls, but have so far struggled to agree a compensation package with Napoli. What seems clear though, is that Abramovich has identified Sarri as his man.

After a below-par 2017-18 season for the Londoners under Conte’s guidance, it was obvious in the results Chelsea needed a change at the post; a rebranding of their football style. The ex-Juventus manager’s high-octane personality paid dividends in year one at the club, as his man-management and approach to squeezing every ounce of ability from his group was awe-inspiring. Yet, although it brought Chelsea a title, it became clear that this marriage wasn’t to be everlasting, more so for the fact the former Champions League winners needed a stimulating, more offensive-minded Coach  – and that is where Sarri comes into play.

Similarly to what we have witnessed recently with the success of Pep Guardiola’s offensive-juggernaut Manchester City, Sarri’s Napoli played one of the most sleek styles of football during his three-year tenure. The free-flowing, choreography-like brand known as ‘Sarrismo’ grabbed the attention of not only those who frequented calcio on the Peninsula, but spectators outside Italy whose curiosity led them to the city of Naples for their own perspective on things.

Last year, the Partenopei’s valiant effort to dethrone rivals Juventus and hoist the Serie A trophy for the first time in nearly 30 years came up just short. Sarri was criticised at times for his stubbornness and reluctance in rotation to ensure his men could maintain the tempo throughout the campaign. However, Sarri was able to push a stacked Bianconeri side to the end on a relatively thin budget through elevating certain individuals to punch above their weight and impress more people than was expected.

Stars like Dries Mertens, Kalidou Koulibaly, Elseid Hysaj, Faouzi Ghoulam, Allan and Jorginho were among the many beneficiaries of Sarri. But the mere thought of the 59-year old chain-smoking boss entering the fray at Stamford Bridge and retooling the squad to fit his scheme with a larger operating budget is an intriguing concept.

Sarri, a banker turned coach, manoeuvred his way up the ranks of Italian calcio, first managing very small sides before landing a gig in Serie B with Pescara. Gradually, his football ethos and success leading provincial clubs like Sorrento showed that even with minimal talent at his disposal, he could demonstrate a sleek brand that had staying power in the higher divisions.

Sarri’s ability to defy odds, mould youngsters like Daniele Rugani and keep Empoli afloat in the top flight is what eventually led him to Naples where he was able to go mainstream in world football. Beyond personnel changes and the transfer market that Chelsea are currently behind schedule on, the Italian Coach stepping into English football with one of his strongest admirers in Pep may create a ripple effect in the way Premier League outfits recruit coaches. Whatever the case, there is no denying that English football fans are ready for more minds like Sarri and Pep to enter the league and be the home of revolutionary football brains.

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Have your say...
and loftus cheek should not be burdened by the expectation to perform for the whole season

as absurd as it may look like chelsea is struggling with finances and if sarri can get top four for chelsea it should be considered a big achievement
on the 29th June, 2018 at 11:50pm
@geeLondra chelsea atleast need three players in Midfield

(1) Cesc fabrigas legs are gone so he cannot be played 90 mins
(2) as good as kante is in breaking play he is very average on ball and Sarri prefers a pirlo esque player in base of midfield
(3) IDK wether bakeyoko is suffering from transition or he is as bad as he has his ist season at chelsea but he cannot be trusted
(4) Drinkwater is very good to fulfill quota for home grown players
on the 29th June, 2018 at 11:45pm
Im an English Italian supporting Chelsea for many years, I am proud of the connection my club has with Italian players and managers in the recent past, Conte is/was no doubt our number 1 choice unfortunately after a disastrous year, with both Chelsea and Conte needing to foot the blame! he will have to leave. Not sure Sarri would be my first choice but there is little option, I am warming to the idea it may just work but it a big risk, Sarri will need to start fast and we need to buy 2 or 3 plys
on the 29th June, 2018 at 10:58pm
As a regular EPL follower i can tell you that chelsea do not have players to play Sarri system their keeper suits system but he is leaving for Madrid because of his Family likes of David Luiz can christensen cannot shouldnot be considered in league of Koulibaly their fullbacks are Zapacosta and Mako ALonzo and i think you know them better then me most worriyngly they have a midfield of kante Febregas and Bakeyoko none of them have characteristics of jorginho hamshik
on the 29th June, 2018 at 7:54pm
he wont get the budget of city to attain the players he needs to survive in the premier league... decent coach YES but not what chelsea need right now
on the 29th June, 2018 at 7:37pm
i watch serie a and are a chelsea fan living in london and i believe conte is the best man for the job by a mile. he is a champion is every sense of the word ,sarri is not...our issue with roman has always been his too trigger happy ,difference before was he would spend his way outta trouble NOW he is not doing that ,we are craving for stability but now his bringing us a coach who is not ready for this level.
it will take him two seasons to get going by that time pep and city will be unstoppabl
on the 29th June, 2018 at 7:27pm
only to be sacked in two years
on the 29th June, 2018 at 6:40pm
But in other leagues Sarris football is not even known. Why on earth would anybody rate a coach and a team that gets battered in the champions league year after year and in the Europa league. People need to watch Napoli play. It’s not even good. It’s the poor mans arsenal.

Mark my words, Sarri will be sacked by Christmas. Chelsea couldn’t get anybody else. It was garbage Le Blanc or Sarri.

Napoli can’t even win a one team league being juventus. That says it all about them and serie A.
on the 29th June, 2018 at 6:06pm
The writers of these articles are very bored with Italy out of the World Cup so instead put together poorly researched articles. Most people in England haven’t heard of Sarri let alone give a damn about him. And stop with the stupid obsession with Pep paying them one compliment like he does with every team he defeats.

Only Italians think Sarris football is revolutionary. I agree it is ok Serie A where the football is slow and boring and you get so much time on the ball
on the 29th June, 2018 at 6:03pm
Top manager he will do well in the PL. chelsea fans are waiting for him new era attacking football we cant wait
on the 29th June, 2018 at 4:54pm
Has anybody here at FI actually read any Chelsea FC websites? SBNation, maybe, or Facebook, even? Go do that. Chelsea supporters don't want Sarri and they give very detailed reasons why based on their long knowledge of the club and players. They say he'll be a disaster because Chelsea players can't play his system, and they detail the Sarri system quite well, they understand it; basically, you can't fit a square peg into a round hole.
on the 29th June, 2018 at 2:52pm
I can't wait for him to continue failing and then we'll hopefully never hear about either him or Conte again. Revolutionary football brains that can't adapt at all, their Plan B is to one day hopefully stumble onto a Plan B or just copy somebody elses. If Conte somehow finds another job in the EPL that league will be the pundit's wet dream. Mourinho, Sarri and Conte in the same league at the same time.Nobody will even play the matches, press conferencess will be televised instead
on the 29th June, 2018 at 2:40pm
Here we go again...
on the 29th June, 2018 at 1:41pm

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