Part of a football manager’s goal and responsibility is to ensure that he attracts and keeps top players at his club. The ones who fail to do so are often regarded as failures of some sort.
Long before Maurizio Sarri was announced as the next coach of Chelsea, speculations were already rife that we would be losing some of our very best legs this summer transfer window. According to reports from different quarters, Real Madrid were after Eden Hazard, Barcelona and United were chasing Willian, and Thibaut Courtois and N’Golo Kanté were not too far away from joining either Real Madrid and Barcelona or PSG too. Things were pretty much confusing at the club, and no one quite knew what was going on in the background.
There was of course, some hope for most Chelsea fans when Sarri hinted he wouldn’t be sanctioning any moves this summer, but the reports just intensified, and left people even more anxious. But weeks down the line, it is looking like indeed, Chelsea fans can be confident in seeing their best stars in our colours next season.
Madrid’s interests in both our stars seem to have cooled, and United seem no longer interested in Willian. It’s of course, unclear what has happened, but something has, and credit has to go to Sarri for managing the situation professionally.
The man said from the beginning he’d have personal chats with our top players to know what they actually wanted. And of course, I recall that Hazard also mentioned he would decide on what to do when he actually saw the direction in which the club was going. He may not have had a chat with Sarri, but it is more likely than not that he’s seen the man’s brand of football, and what it means for both Chelsea and himself.
Sarri’s attacking style has always set him apart from a lot of other managers in the game, and he has brought the same to Chelsea. Both his pre-season games have been hailed as two of our best performances in a while, despite the scoreline. Even acting captain, Cesar Azpilicueta said the same thing after our game against Inter days ago. Sarri is making instant impact, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for us. In the meantime, his reign has inspired a lot of positive changes at Chelsea, and it’s exciting. All that remains now is for the club to offer him their full support, and watch him rebuild us into the top side we are.