Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli team was one of the most exciting teams in Europe and the Italian was brought to Stamford Bridge with the aim of replicating his attractive brand of football at Stamford Bridge.
Despite winning an FA Cup in his second season at Chelsea, Antonio Conte was sacked due to his poor relationship with the board and his defensive football.
Despite never winning a trophy in his career, Sarri was identified as the man to replace Conte as Chelsea boss.
Sarri’s Chelsea career got off to a brilliant start with the Italian becoming the first manager to go unbeaten in his first 12 Premier League games.
Tottenham ended Sarri’s unbeaten run in November 2018 and the Blues never recovered that early season form but still ended the season in third place and with an Europa League final to play.
According to various reports, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich isn’t impressed with Chelsea’s season under Sarri and will sack the Italian after the Europa League final against Arsenal on May 27.
Italian champions Juventus have reportedly reached an agreement with Sarri for the Italian to become their next manager and Abramovich is reportedly happy to let the Italian leave.
But is Abramovich right to let Sarri leave after just one season at Chelsea?
Here are four reasons why Abramovich will be wrong to sack Sarri:
1. Continuity Is Important
Chelsea have been known for playing defensive football for several years. Chelsea’s success over the years have been built on having a strong defence and hitting teams on the counter.
Sarri was brought to Stamford Bridge to impose an attractive and attacking style of football and that change can’t happen in a single season. Drastic changes like this take time.
Manchester City are currently the best team in England because they stuck with Pep Guardiola after his struggles in his first season in England. Liverpool will be playing a second successive Champions League finals and they have achieved that by sticking with Jurgen Klopp.
Continuity is important in football.
2. Transfer ban
Chelsea will be unable to sign new players for the next two transfer windows after FIFA found the Blues guilty in relation to transfers involving overseas players below 18 years.
Employing a new manager without giving him the right players to work with is a recipe for disaster. A new manager will at least want to bring one or two players to the club to help implement his methods. A new manager will also need time to understand the players at the club.
Keeping Sarri who already understands the players will be ideal as Chelsea face a summer without transfers.
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