Maurizio Sarri moved to England from Italy, as he departed Napoli at the end of last season to manage Chelsea.
The 60-year-old Italian was appointed last summer to manage Chelsea and was given a huge task to change the team’s style of play which has been centred on a strong defence and counterattack over the years.
Although it started well for Sarri at Chelsea, the Italian’s fortune has since changed, and he has now admitted that the English game is much more different from what he was used to in Italy. He even rated the English game as more difficult but revealed that he’s adjusting to the style of play in the Premier League.
Sarri said in an interview with Sky Sports: “Now I am in the first season in England, and I started to understand some things, not everything at the moment, so now I realise that here it [takes] longer, more difficult. Because the mentality is different.
“For example with an English player it is very easy to have a very good intensity during the training, but it is very difficult to have a session only about tactics. In Italy, it is the opposite; it is very easy to work in tactics, and very difficult to have a very great intensity during the training. It’s different, not worse, not better, just different.
“With English players, but also with the other players, we have a lot of players who have been here a long time so the mentality is an English mentality. I have to understand, and I think I also need to have an English mentality. I think I am improving!”
Sarri also admitted that it’ll be impossible to determine how quickly his side will adapt to Sarri-ball. The Italian has already changed the team’s style of play, with Chelsea now more of a possession minded team, but that too has come with his highs and lows.
Sarri admitted he is unsure of how quickly the players will adapt to his system.
“It’s impossible to answer. Sometimes three months is enough, sometimes you need one season or one season and a half. I think if you change country, change football, it is longer,” said the Blues boss.