Maurizio Sarri opens up about life at Chelsea FC

Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri is enjoying life in England

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri Photo: The Sport Review

Chelsea FC boss Maurizio Sarri has said that he is enjoying his time so far in English football.

His said have taken maximum points from their league games so far, however Sarri said his transition took some time.

Despite England’s differences to Italian language, football and culture, Sarri insists that he is enjoying his new surroundings.

“It’s totally different here though,” he said in Il Mattino.

“It’s a total party, it’s a pleasure to come to the stadium and see fans in different shirts having a beer together.

“I sign autographs for fans of the opposing team on the touchline, before and after the match.

“The games have so much intensity and physicality.

“English football is different from Italian football and is played in extraordinary stadiums.

“I know less about the teams I’m facing and the opponents, and at the start it wasn’t that easy to understand the language!

“I learned English 31 years ago, when I was in the bank, but then I stopped for 29 years.”

Sarri joined Chelsea FC from Napoli in the summer, replacing Antonio Conte at the helm, and entrusted to bring a more enterprising, attacking style of play to Stamford Bridge.

The former banker has ridden a glorious ride from obscurity to the highest echelons of world football over the course of a 28-year managerial career.

Despite winning no silverware so far as a manager, his style of play has already got Chelsea FC fans feeling hopeful about the future.

In doing so, he has also enamoured himself with the fans and the press due to his comical adaptation to the rules and regulations of English football, and our inferior coffee.

Much to the disgust of many, he famously admitted to chewing cigarettes during Chelsea FC’s opening weekend win over Huddersfield town.

In Italy, it is not uncommon and certainly not illegal for managers to smoke on the touchline and Sarri has fallen foul of the smoking ban in England.

More recently, he complained that he could not get a decent cup of coffee in England, and has said that he is missing Napoli’s ‘senior coffee provider’.

A mysterious man named Tomaso has been in charge of coffee at Napoli for so long, he served the great Maradona during his fabled tenure in Southern Italy.

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