Maurizio Sarri appointed as new Chelsea manager

Maurizio Sarri has finally been appointed by Chelsea as their new head coach. According to reports, the Italian has penned a three-year deal to take over the reins at Stamford. He replaces Antonio Conte, who won two trophies (Premier League and FA Cup) in two years at Stamford Bridge.

“I am very happy to be coming to Chelsea and the Premier League. It is an exciting new period in my career. I look forward to starting work and meeting the players on Monday ahead of travelling to Australia, where I will be able to get to know the squad and begin our match action,” the 59-year-old exclaimed.

Sarri now becomes the 12th Italian to take charge of a Premier League club, the sixth one to manage Chelsea.

Sarri had great success with Napoli in the last few seasons, helping them to a runners-up finish twice in the Serie A and winning the Serie A Coach of the Year accolade in 2016-17.

Under his tutelage, the side from Naples recorded 97 wins in 147 matches, with a win percentage of almost 66%.

“I hope we can provide some entertaining football for our fans, and that we will be competing for trophies at the end of the season, which is what this club deserves,” he added, owing to his dynamic footballing philosophy. 

Following feuds with the higher authorities, Conte was destined to leave the club, despite breaking records and collecting trophies in his two years at West London. His Chelsea side recorded 30 wins in a single Premier League season, a record broken by only Manchester City recently.

Rough relationships, frustrations over transfer business and the Diego Costa saga led to Conte’s departure. This indeed, led to the arrival of Sarri – who was reportedly on Chelsea’s radar even before the 2017-18 season ended.

He is due to meet his new players on Monday, before Chelsea fly to Australia to start their pre-season tour.

Sarri could be a fantastic replacement for a club like Chelsea, which possesses quality in abundance. His ability to change team structure with ease, add fluidity to an attacking line-up and bring the best out of players will definitely help the Blues as they look to improve on a 5th place finish, which saw them miss out on Champions League football. 

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