Sarri is a Realistic Guy at Chelsea

LONDON (AP) — Maurizio Sarri is a Realistic Guy.

That wasn’t the case earlier in his coaching career and it isn’t how he is remembered in his native Italy, where the Chelsea manager was known for his fanatical work ethic.

“I have changed,” he said, laughing. “It’s very difficult to change completely but I have had to change something.”

Sarri says he started to relax at Napoli, where he spent three years after more than a decade working in the lower leagues of Italian football.

The 59-year-old Sarri is now far too busy in the Premier League to go out looking for trouble.

Maurizio Sarri is a realistic guy. That’s why he’s a perfect fit for Chelsea.

Sarri is the kind of coach that doesn’t need to say anything because his actions speak louder than his words. He has been in management since 2005 and has only managed three major clubs. He is not a man that makes rash decisions, nor one that is arrogant enough to think he can change the world.

He has managed to take his team to the top of the Premier League table, after a record-breaking start to the season with seven straight wins. There was no need for him to tell anyone that he believed in his players because they have done the talking on the pitch.

Sure, there have been some bumps along the way, but now we are able to see how good this team can be with him at the helm.

Sarri does not need to talk about how good Chelsea will be in five years time because he knows there is still work that needs to be done before we get there. He also knows that it will take more than just one man to get us there and that it will take time and patience from everyone involved to make it happen.

If you could sum up Maurizio Sarri’s attitude towards football and his approach to the game in one word, ‘realistic’ would be a great fit. He’s not a fan of the emotional aspect of the game, nor is he interested in some of the minutiae that seems to fascinate tacticians.

When asked about how he deals with fans unhappy with his substitutions or tactics, he says “I don’t care” but then restates that assertion by saying “I have to think about what I have to do for my team.” He doesn’t care about pleasing fans when it comes to doing his job and that’s something you have to respect.

Sarri doesn’t like to get too wrapped up in the emotions of the moment, especially after a win. After Chelsea defeated Manchester United 2-0 at Stamford Bridge earlier this season, Sarri said “I like to watch videos 24 hours after matches because after an hour and a half it’s better for me not to watch.”

Maurizio Sarri made the trip to Carrow Road with his Chelsea players on Saturday and he did not have to wait long for his first taste of how English football can be, when Norwich City took the lead in just the second minute.

Anyone who has watched Sarri’s Napoli side last season knows that defending is not their strong suit and it was no surprise that Norwich were able to score so early because Chelsea looked as if they were still asleep at the wheel.

That is a common theme in English football, where teams are allowed to get physical and play at a frantic pace from the opening whistle. But Sarri, who is a very realistic guy, knew this would happen. He told reporters after the game, “I think I have to adapt myself to the Premier League,” which means he will adjust his tactics so they are suited to what he sees in England.

He also knows that while he has been successful with his style elsewhere, it will take time for his players to adapt from Antonio Conte’s methods. The Italian said: “Antonio played another football and maybe I have to change 20 per cent of my football [to suit my new players].”

After the final whistle at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, Maurizio Sarri was quick to quash any talk of a title challenge. The Chelsea manager said his team were still “very far” from Manchester City, and that he believed the Premier League was a two-horse race between Pep Guardiola’s side and Liverpool.

The summer arrival from Napoli has taken charge of just seven league games, but already he has made a significant impact. Against Arsenal, Sarri became the first Chelsea manager since Jose Mourinho in 2005 to win his opening six matches in all competitions.

We’re used to seeing other managers come into the Premier League and declare themselves ready to challenge for trophies. But Sarri’s approach is different: he is more grounded and realistic. This is reflected in his first three months at the club, during which he has taken time to get across to his players what he expects of them.

It may seem like a small change on the pitch, but it shows how good Sarri is as a coach. The way Chelsea play now is very different from last season under Antonio Conte. The players look more comfortable in possession; they move into space and create better angles for each other; they are playing with much more confidence.

After today’s press conference, I think it is fair to say that we have a very different coach at Chelsea. For the first time in years, I feel we have someone who understands what he has been given and what he can do with it.

The only new thing for Maurizio Sarri was the language barrier since his other coaching jobs were in Italy. He is used to the pressure of coaching big clubs and working with world class players. We saw that with Napoli last season when they finished second just four points behind Juventus in Serie A.

Given where we are as a club, there is a lot of work to be done but I think Maurizio Sarri can make quick progress.

He seems like an honest man who understands his strengths and weaknesses. That is something that can get lost when you work at Chelsea or any other big club. Sometimes coaches are not allowed to show their true personality because they are trying to fit into a system or play politics with media and fans.

Maurizio Sarri comes across as a no-nonsense guy who will tell you how it is without worrying about how others will react to what he says. If he does not like something, he will say it. He does not try to hide things

What would a coach do if his best player is far from his best form? In the case of Maurizio Sarri, he drops him. The Italian manager dropped Eden Hazard out of the starting eleven after the Belgian international failed to live up to his own expectations in the previous match.

The decision was met with mixed reactions, but it proved to be effective as Chelsea defeated Malmo in Europa League round of 32 first leg. As it turned out, a rested Hazard returned with a better display in the second half and scored two goals for the Blues.

But what about Jorginho? Chelsea fans have been ranting about how Sarri has changed this season, how he has become more pragmatic now and no longer sticks to his philosophy. While it’s true that Sarri has adapted to Premier League football more than expected, such criticism is uncalled for. In fact, one might argue that Sarri remains as stubborn as ever since he is still implementing his 4-3-3 system at Stamford Bridge despite mounting pressure from fans and pundits alike.

The 4-3-3 system might not be ideal for English football because there are too many rivals who play with two strikers upfront and three at the back on occasion. As a result, Sarri has had

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