It’s post season, and typically, a lot is going on already. This is the time of the year where there are lots of movements among players and manager, and Chelsea appear poised for some of that.
There’s been a question mark hovering around Antonio Conte, following his lowly rated performance in the just concluded season. And while some of us were somehow, hoping he’d get a third chance to prove the unfortunate events of 2017/18 were a one-time thing, that’s all it was – hope. Judging from the way the club has been run, there was only a 20% chance Conte would stay on as manager for another year.
Reports in England have become rife he might be fired before the week runs out, with the board lining up Maurizio Sarri as replacement. There’s of course, been no confirmation from anyone in the Chelsea quarters, however, recent happenings seem to point in that direction.
On Wednesday, Sarri left Italy’s Napoli, and has been replaced by our ex coach, Carlo Ancelotti. This follows Sarri’s refusal to extend his contract at the Italian club. So it does seem like Conte will indeed leave, and we’ll be getting Maurizio Sarri as our coach in the near future. But considering that the man is also Italian, one can’t help but wonder if he is the right fit for Chelsea.
To be frank, if Pep Guardiola was available, he would be my obvious pick. However, he isn’t, but we’re getting a man who shares some similarities with him. They both play an attacking brand of football, and the only difference perhaps, is in the amount of trophies won by both managers. Pep has won everything in Europe, and Sarri is really yet to get any major trophy. The best he has done is taken his teams higher up the table. But that’s not an issue; after all, everyone starts somewhere. He did wonderful with Napoli last season, while playing amazing football. If he can get us to do the same, that would be a plus. And when you consider the type of players at his disposal at Napoli, it’s even easier to appreciate his genius.
It is obviously too early to praise the man or expect so much from him, but I do have a feeling he may be able to bring some magic to Stamford Bridge next season. The coming season is only three months away. He’ll have to use that period to reinforce, and prepare for the campaign. If he gets the job, and delivers, while playing like he did at Napoli, we’d no doubt be a joy to watch.