Jose Mourinho makes Chelsea FC prediction about Maurizio Sarri

The former Chelsea FC manager believes Maurizio Sarri's Blues side will be better next season

Maurizio Sarri
Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri (Photo: The Sport Review)

Jose Mourinho is backing Chelsea FC to be much better under Maurizio Sarri next season.

The Italian head coach has endured a challenging debut season at the west London side after taking over the reins from his compatriot Antonio Conte last sumner.

Chelsea FC managed to remain unbeaten in the Premier League until late November when Tottenham Hotspur were 3-1 winners against the Blues at Wembley.

Sarri’s side have gone from title challengers to outsiders in the race to finish in the top four following heavy losses to Arsenal and Manchester City.

The Blues lost to Pep Guardiola’s side on penalties in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley last month, in a game that will be remembered for Kepa Arrizabalaga’s disobeying his manager’s orders rather than their plucky performance.

Chelsea FC are still going strong in the Europa League ahead of the first leg of their round of 16 clash against Dynamo Kyiv on Thursday night.

Mourinho believes Chelsea FC supporters should be patient and is confident the Blues will be much improved under Sarri next season.

“Italy is not an easy country,” Mourinho told beIN Sports.

“You learn how to deal with the press; it is very specialised, they have top commentators [with] great experience in football, the journalists are also very clever in using the emotion of football in Italy.

“Maurizio comes to England with more than 20 years of experience in football. I think he’s ready, the main difficulty is imposing his style of play which is the way he always played with Napoli.

“The Premier League is the [league] where you sometimes have to lose your identity a bit to adapt to the characteristics of the game and the opponents.

“He will learn in time, the second season will be better for him.”

Chelsea FC are in sixth place in the Premier League table and two points behind Manchester United, who occupy the final Champions League qualification spot.

The Blues can hoist themselves above Manchester United if they win their game in hand.

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