Maurizio Sarri: What I really think about Chelsea FC’s start to the season

The new Chelsea head coach is pleased to have seen his side take maximum points from the opening two league games and underlined the turmoil that the offseason created

Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri Photo: The Sport Review

Maurizio Sarri has expressed his happiness at Chelsea FC’s start to the season after a turbulent preseason.

The Italian head coach took over from former boss Antonio Conte in July after the latter’s separation from Stamford Bridge was uncomfortably drawn out.

The World Cup and early transfer deadline had an impact on Chelsea FC’s ability to recruit new players in the summer.

However, Sarri spoke of his satisfaction to his sides start to the year after Saturday’s 3-2 win over London rivals Arsenal.

“Yes, especially as our pre-season was very difficult,” Sarri said to BBC Sport.

Chelsea made a frantic start to pre-season after the summer-long speculation that Sarri would replace Conte.

When it finally happened, Sarri was able to bring in £57m Italy international Jorginho from Napoli and started to shape his team.

A good start to the season was everything apart from certain as Thibaut Courtois moved to Real Madrid, and the rumours had it that Hazard was also heading that way.

Despite this, Chelsea have taken maximum points this campaign after a convincing 3-0 win a Huddersfield and the victory over Arsenal.

Chelsea finished in fifth last time out despite winning the league the previous campaign and with competition so strong at the top of the division, it seemed that Sarri would not have enough time to shift his sides style of play comprehensively enough in time for the new season.

Despite some sloppy defending in the win against Arsenal, Chelsea looked assured going forward and the players have bought in to ex-banker Sarri’s ideas.

They will hope to continue their good form when they travel to Newcastle next Sunday.

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