Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has revealed he respects Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri because of Sarri’s belief in his style of play.
Lampard also believes Sarri has been treated unfairly over his rigid philosophy.
“I respect managers who have a belief in a philosophy or system,” Lampard told Goal. “I have never worked with Sarri, but I did see his Napoli team play fantastic football.
“I think it has been unfortunate for Sarri himself, everyone has come up with this ‘Sarriball’ term, but I am not sure I have ever heard him actually milk that one or make it his own.
“I think he is just trying to win football games and he has brought in players who want to play the way he wants to play. Everyone has become a little bit focused on that fact. I think he is a very good manager.
“In terms of compared to my style, yes, I look at the players I have and what I can do with that. You try to play in the best way you can.
“When we played against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, Sarri spoke to me after the game. He was very complimentary about us, but he was talking about all the games we played over the last weeks.
“He is not just looking at how Chelsea are playing, he is looking at his opponents, and he is trying to get good results for Chelsea Football Club. I have got respect for him. I don’t know him that well but I have got respect for him.”
Meanwhile former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has encouraged Eden Hazard to leave Chelsea for Real Madrid this summer.
Hazard, who has about one year left on his Chelsea contract, has been linked with a summer move to Real Madrid.
“He is one of my best friends in football,” Courtois told El Transistor.
“I do not know if he’s going to sign for Real Madrid, nor do I know if the club wants him.
“But for me he’s one of the best of the world and as a friend I would like him to be here.”