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Maurizio Sarri is in his first job as a manager outside of Italy. The 59-year-old’s first club as manager was U.S.D. Stia 1925, whom he started coaching in 1990 as an amateur coach, and he worked his way up to the top to become Napoli manager in 2015.

After three successful years at Napoli, Sarri is currently the Chelsea manager, and the Italian has started out pretty well in the Premier League and is so far yet to lose a game this season.

Sarri has revealed that there is a huge difference between the Italian league and the Premier League.

Sarri told the official Chelsea website: “When I was young and studying in London for my other work in banking, my experience of watching football in English stadiums was good. I did not see it as aggressive, only when English teams played abroad. When I studied in England the atmosphere did not feel threatening. It seemed like fun, it was entertaining, I have always been fascinated by English football.

“I am not surprised it was players from Serie A who improved Chelsea in the 1990s. Tactically Serie A is a championship that is very difficult and so as a coach, in Serie A you can improve a lot because tactically every match is very interesting, and difficult. The coach can improve a lot but also players with a couple of seasons in Serie A can improve a lot. In England football is played at another speed with another intensity, but in Italy the match is difficult from the tactical point of view.

“I am enjoying working in England as much as I hoped I would because this championship is very competitive and the atmosphere in the stadiums is great. So I am very happy to be in the Premier League. Really very happy.”

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