Chelsea went through a turmoil in the past few months failing to secure a Champions League berth last season and Antonio Conte, despite winning the FA Cup title defeating Manchester United, was shown the door to be replaced by Maurizio Sarri, his compatriot, who had a blistering campaign with Napoli in Serie A football.
Known for ‘Sarri-ball’, the gaffer failed to implement his ideology in his very first official game in charge for the Blues where he surrendered against Pep Guardiola’s incredible Manchester City in the Community Shield tie but came back stronger against Huddersfield Town clinching a 3-0 victory on the road to enjoy a blistering start to the new Premier League season. Yet the gaffer will understandably need time to settle in and is now backed by his star resource Willian who would have moved out if Conte had not been dismissed.
“Would I be here if Conte stayed? No chance. No. I’m here. I’m here because I want to play for Chelsea. I will only leave if Chelsea want me to go.”
The dynamic wide attacker reportedly had a rift with the former Juventus and Azzurri boss last season and was seen blocking out Conte with three trophy emojis on his Instagram post of the entire squad celebrating after winning the FA Cup glory. The player explained this bizarre incident as an accident caused by his daughter while playing with his cellphone which, however, is one of the feeblest yet funniest of justifications one can even think off.
On a serious note, his further comments somewhat decode the situation why he had a conflict with Conte even if he won Chelsea the Premier League as well as FA Cup titles in his two-year realm.
“We have a lot of players with quality up front, players like Eden Hazard and Pedro. Players like that want to play football. That’s why Sarri talked about ‘fun’ football because he wants to build from the back. This is what we will try to do this season.
“This is what we do in Brazil and are trying to do here, playing with skill and movement and the manager told us to do that.”
The ex-Blues boss was often criticized for his defensive mindset and selection of players that did not work out well last season whereas Sarri, on the other hand, is distinguished for an exciting brand of football that he is trying to inject at Stamford Bridge in order to script an upsurge.
Willian hailed for his attacking flair, therefore, has found comfort under Sarri who values him more and ignored the attraction of Barcelona knowing he won’t be featuring in the prestigious Champions League football this year.