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Maurizio Sarri was confirmed as Chelsea manager on Saturday, and the Italian will replace his compatriot Antonio Conte as the new Chelsea boss.

Sarri has hailed his countryman as an ‘extraordinary manager’ while speaking to the press today, but insisted he won’t be following the footstep of Conte and does not need the guidance of others.

“I don’t have to be influenced by nothing and no one or by judgments of people who have seen something at a certain point from a certain perspective,” Sarri said.

“Antonio is an extraordinary manager, he has done extraordinary things, but I play in a slightly different way so it will take some time for the squad.”

Sarri also spoke about his new vision for Chelsea but pleaded that he will need time to implement his philosophy and will not be in a hurry to change Conte’s style.

“This is also World Cup time so it will take some time to build a slightly different way of playing.

“All the good things that Antonio did must be left, they should not be changed, but it also true that in today’s football these are the timelines so it is very important also to know how to impose one’s own football philosophies in shorter times, shorter than the past.”

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