Zola Pleads For Time With Sarri

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Maurizio Sarri’s future as Chelsea manager has come under uncertainty at certain times this season. There were strong rumours that the Italian was going to face the sack after heavy defeats to Bournemouth and Manchester City.

Sarri’s style of play was famed in the Italian league as the 60-year-old turned Napoli into a very exciting side, playing good football that was entertaining to watch.

However, Sarri-ball has struggled in the Premier League, and Sarri has come under intense pressure to adapt to the Premier League style and stop using Jorginho in the defensive midfield position and play N’Golo Kante in his more natural role.

But Blues assistant boss Gianfranco Zola has revealed that Sarri-ball will eventually work out and has pleaded for time to be given to Sarri to impart his football at the club. Zola pointed to Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp who were given enough time to succeed at Manchester City and Liverpool respectively.

 In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Zola said: “Expectations are very high at Chelsea”, Zola said.

“With Sarri I’ve known a football that I ignored before, we are in the middle of a path. When Maurizio was in Naples he built everything gradually. Look at Klopp, Pochettino and Guardiola. They are at their clubs since a few years”.

“There is incredible pressure at Chelsea, they expect to have everything immediately”.

Sarri has recently assured the Chelsea fans that Chelsea will be able to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool after two years.

“The Premier League is wonderful and I want to remain in the Premier League. I want to remain at Chelsea, because the level is very, very high,” Sarri said.

“The atmosphere in the stadiums is really fantastic. And so it’s a wonderful championship. I’d like to remain here. I am sure that, in two seasons, we will be able to close to them [Liverpool and Manchester City].

“But I am not sure that, in two seasons, we will be able to be better than them. When I arrived in Naples, Napoli were, in the table the season before, 24 points from Juventus.

“In the first season we arrived to nine points from Juventus, second season to six points, third season to four points. For us it was impossible to cover completely the gap, but at the end of the third season, we were very close to doing it.”

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