Maurizio Sarri ended the season on a bright note as Chelsea ended up winners of the Europa League, beating Arsenal 4-1 in the final.
It has been a season full of ups and downs for Chelsea, but at the end, we can say that Sarri met most of his targets. The Italian ended the season in third place in the Premier League – a good achievement knowing that it’s his first year in England. Sarri also led Chelsea to the finals of the Carabao Cup and the Europa League, winning the Europa League.
Sarri revealed after Chelsea’s Europa League success that he will speak with the club in the next few days and then make a decision on his future.
Asked about his future as Chelsea boss, Sarri said: “The season is finished one hour ago. Tomorrow, I will begin to speak with my club, with the owner, with a director, with Marina… I don’t know. We need to speak like at any club at the end of the season.
“We need to know what the club can do for me, and what I can do better for the club. Also the club need to speak to me. Then, after a couple of days, I will decide. I have a contract so, at the moment, we are talking about nothing.”
If Sarri remains as Chelsea boss, these are some things that he should do ahead of next season.
Chelsea can’t make any signing ahead of next season as the Blues are facing a transfer ban. With the club unable to sign players, what Chelsea need to do is bring in players from the academy or loan players into the first team. Sarri needs to not only give the young players a chance, he ought to trust them. The likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek should be trusted more, while players who did well on loan such as Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma and Tammy Abraham could also play an important role.
Sarri must also utilise the pre-season to set his team right. Every successful team has a strong pre-season and Chelsea must also do same to be successful next season.
If Sarri-ball must work better next season, then the Italian must start his job and effectively do so during the pre-season.
3. Study teams and mistakes
Chelsea started the season well under Sarri, but the Blues lost momentum midway through the season and started to lose games with ease and drop too many points.
Ahead of next season, Sarri must study games where the team flopped, the mistakes that were made, why the team conceded too easily at times, couldn’t score goals and tended to concede goals after the restart. Solutions to this problem can go a long way to improve Chelsea next season.
Also, if Chelsea must compete with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool, Sarri must also study the two teams and know their strengths and weaknesses ahead of next season.