Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri insists that he is not looking to replicate his Napoli style at Stamford Bridge.
Filed: Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 20:47 UK
Last Updated: Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 20:47 UK
The Italian’s footballing philosophy was widely praised during his time in charge of Napoli, with the so-called ‘Sarri-ball’ system helping the club to push Juventus all the way in the Serie A title race last season.
Sarri’s Premier League managerial career got off to a winning start this afternoon courtesy of a 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town, but he played down suggestions that he could create a carbon copy of his Napoli team at Stamford Bridge.
“I have to know the characteristics of the players because I think I don’t want to do another Naples,” Sarri told reporters at his post-match press conference.
“I want to do a good Chelsea. I have to respect the characteristics of the players, I have to adapt myself to the characteristics of the championship and of the players, so now I am studying my players.”
Chelsea’s triumph means that they sit top of the Premier League table after the first Saturday of the season.
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