Posts tagged: Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri declares his ambition to stay with Chelsea next season

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has indicated that he has no ambition of parting ways with the club during the summer despite the speculation regarding his future. The Italian has experienced plenty of highs and lows during his first season in the Premier League and reports have recently indicated that he could be tempted by the return to the Serie A with Roma interested.

However, speaking to Sky Sports, Sarri has stressed that he is committed to the Blues’ cause and he would prefer to stay put with the west London side next term. He added that he can get the club to challenge for the title, although the same would take some time, considering the dominance of Manchester City and Liverpool this term.
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Maurizio Sarri suggests Gonzalo Higuain may have to adjust with a bench role

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said that Gonzalo Higuain may have to adjust with a bench role for the forthcoming Premier League clash against West Ham United. The Argentine has struggled to settle with the Blues since making the temporary switch from Juventus in January, and he has scored just three times from 12 appearances for the club.

Owing to this, Sarri recently opted to bench Higuain with Olivier Giroud getting a run, and the France international took the chance by finding the scoresheet in a 3-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion. Speaking ahead of the West Ham game, Sarri has said that the former Napoli star requires more time to adapt to the demands of the Premier League and Giroud is more suited for the forthcoming challenge against the Hammers, he told reporters: “I think he [Higuain] needs time to improve his condition and be suitable for the Premier League but I think he is able to do it. We are lucky because we have Giroud and he is in a very good mental and physical condition.”
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Chelsea manager confident team can achieve top-four target for the season

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said that the Blues can achieve the target of finishing in the top four despite dropping points against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Blues were fancied to secure a routine triumph over the Wolves on Sunday but they could only muster a 1-1 draw after Eden Hazard came up with a 92nd-minute equaliser.

Speaking after the game, Sarri acknowledged that the stalemate was a missed opportunity, considering they were only 10 remaining for the campaign. He added that the Blues must not ponder over the situation and should seek to cover up the lost points with strong performances in the forthcoming games.

He said: “When you have only 10 matches, every match you’re not able to win is a missed opportunity. Today was a great opportunity but we were not able to gain three points. In the last six matches, we won four and drew the other two, so there is a little consistency in this moment. We have to think only to the next match. We need to recover two points immediately. As I said before, we are in the moment of consistency. We have only to continue. We are confident of course. We have to be confident.”
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Chelsea must be patient with Sarriball

Chelsea are currently in a crossroads as regards the faith in the methods of coach Maurizio Sarri just six months into his reign. The embarrassing 6-0 defeat to Manchester City has open doubts about Sarri’s philosophy and has led to criticism from fans, former players and the media.

Chelsea have been sliding down in performances for a while but is expected that a new coach would hit bumps on the road when trying to change the ideology of a club. Chelsea is renown for their physical play and back to the wall performances which has led to numerous titles during the time of Roman Abramovich.
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Chelsea players are enjoying their game under Maurizio Sarri – Eden Hazard

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard has highlighted that the team are enjoying their football under the guidance of new manager Maurizio Sarri. The Blues witnessed yet another change in management this summer with Sarri took over the reins from Antonio Conte and he has since got the side clicking with an unbeaten start to the campaign.

As a result, Sarri has been widely praised by the supporters and pundits alike and Hazard has now shared his opinion on the manager’s impact, he told Sky Sports News: “I think this kind of manager is good when you like football. We try to keep the ball, we try to find solutions. We have good players and we’ve brought in new players like Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic – players where you need movement. We are all happy on the pitch.We just need to keep playing like we are. We are full of confidence at the moment. Liverpool is the kind of game where you want to shine and we will, I hope.”

The Blues had picked up victories from their first six matches across all competitions but the run ceased over the weekend after they were held to a goalless stalemate against West Ham United. With the outcome, the Blues have dropped to third on the table behind both Liverpool and Manchester City with the former presently leading the Premier League standings with a two-point advantage over the rest.

Meanwhile, on a personal scale, Hazard has enjoyed a brilliant start to the campaign and he has already contributed five goals and two assists in the Premier League. At one point, Hazard had registered a goal or an assist in every league game this term but that was bound to end at some stage and it happened during the 0-0 draw at the London Stadium.

SARRI TO STICK WITH WINNING FORMULA?

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has started well at Stamford Bridge, even better than many would have expected since taking over the reins this summer. The Italian has done a good job so far, getting three out of three wins. Ahead of the weekend game against Bournemouth, the Blues would be hoping to keep the momentum burning with a win, and continue their perfect start to the new campaign.

AFC Bournemouth have been very good this season on their own. They won two games and played a 2-2 draw with Everton, making seven points so far. This places them on the sixth spot, behind league champs Manchester City in fifth, both behind the four teams with maximum points so far – Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea and Watford.
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