Sarri-Ball Can Pay off for Chelsea, if Roman Holds his Nerve
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Sarri-Ball Can Pay off for Chelsea, if Roman Holds his Nerve

The Maurizo Sarri era at Chelsea has kicked off with the Italian holding his first press conference on Wednesday, and the opening impressions were positive.

Chelsea have replaced one Italian with another, with Antonio Conte fired earlier this month despite winning a Premier League and an FA Cup in his two seasons at the club.

It’s true that things went stale under Conte at Stamford Bridge last term, and the only surprise was that it took so long for his departure to be confirmed. Sarri was always believed to be the number one target to replace his fellow countryman, and as ever at Chelsea the pressure will be on to win titles.

Sarri batted back suggestions that he needs to deliver a trophy in his first season, saying: “I don’t know and I am not interested.”

In the same press conference, carried by the Mirror, he added: “My goal is to have fun and be competitive until the end.

“In life the biggest give you may receive is have fun while you do your job.

“I think it is better not to whinge, but to enjoy.”

Roman Abramovich has craved free-flowing, attacking football as much as he has trophies, although he’s accrued more of the latter than the former since taking ownership of Chelsea in 2003.

For the first time, he arguably has a manager who is capable of delivering trophies with easy-on-the-eye football.

Without a huge budget, Sarri worked wonders at Napoli and they threw down a serious challenge to Juventus in Serie A before running out of steam. The football they produced – which was dubbed Sarri-ball – was a glorious sight, with fast interchanges and incisive attacking play.

It made the world sit up and take note; Abramovich and his Chelsea board in particular.

In an ideal world Chelsea would have got Sarri through the door a lot earlier. As he intimated in his press conference, his style of football takes a deal of coaching.

With the season a little over three weeks away, and the Blues’ World Cup stars still on holiday, it would be asking a lot for Sarri to have his side at full tilt from the drop of the flag.

But there is no Champions League football to focus on, meaning the Premier League is the priority, so there are positive signs for Chelsea.

It may not be this coming season that fruit is borne, but if Abramovich holds his nerve there is a live chance that he could finally see his side win in the manner he craves.

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