Chelsea had an unconvincing inception of the new campaign following a 2-0 Community Shield defeat against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City but Maurizio Sarri, the newly appointed Blues boss, assumes his side might need three months time before hitting their true potential.
The former Napoli boss scripted a reunion with Jorginho at Stamford Bridge and ended the window in an impressive way by roping in young Spanish custodian Kepa Arrizabalaga making him world’a most expensive goalkeeper. He is set to replace Thibaut Courtois who has forced a move to Real Madrid and the Blancos has allowed their midfield star Mateo Kovacic to join Chelsea on a season-long loan to smoothen transfer talks.
Yet the gaffer needs time to inject his philosophy as well as the brand of football among the players whereas newly recruited names should be allowed time to settle in first for a proper amalgamation with the rest of the squad. The Blues boss welcomed their World Cup stars who finally joined the group after an extended break and expressed his delight following a tie-breaker victory over Olympic Lyonnais in a pre-season fixture.
Sarri, however, has succeeded Antonio Conte only a few weeks back and demanded time before having a joyous ride.
“Potentially we can become, in two or three months, a very good team.”
Iconic Paolo Maldini, the AC Milan legend who has returned to San Siro to become the club’s new Director of Strategic Sport Development, has also asked for patience in a recent interview with JOE while discussing on Sarri’s Premier League future. The defensive pillar of Italian football has lauded the veteran manager for his stunning work with Empoli and Napoli but has also admitted that the charismatic Chelsea chief will require time to adapt to the ‘toughest league’ to come in.
“If he gets the time, if the players understand and accept his ways – you have to think about the language barrier and different demands, a different way of training – then I feel he will be very successful. “
Sarri is hailed for his attractive style of football ( often referred as ‘Sarriball’) which is much different in compared to the approach implemented by both Conte and Jose Mourinho – their previous managers who earned silverware. The task will be uphill to reclaim the league throne or secure a ‘top four’ finish in order to keep hold of his prized assets who will be demanding Champions League football next year.