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Maurizio Sarri quit his role as Chelsea manager just after one year at the club. Sarri achieved some level of success as Chelsea won the Europa League, reached the final of the Carabao Cup and ended the season as third in the Premier League.
Despite Sarri’s successes, the Italian never had it easy in his first year in England and jumped at the first opportunity to return to Italy, with Juventus pushing for his signing and have now signed him permanently after the departure of Massimiliano Allegri.
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard remains the favourite to become the next Chelsea manager after a decent season with Derby County where he led the Rams to the play-off final only to lose to Aston Villa.
For the next Chelsea manager to achieve a successful season next term, he must learn from the success and failure of the past manager and build from it.
The next Chelsea manager must do the following:
1. Solve the problem of individuals
Individualism was one reason Sarri’s style of play struggled to work at Chelsea. Sarri wanted the Chelsea team to play like his side at Napoli as he brought Sarri-ball to Stamford Bridge. But the transition didn’t work out too well as Chelsea struggled to open teams down despite having the giant share of possession.
Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has revealed that the Chelsea team is made of individuals and it affected the side from executing his vision.
Sarri told reporters: “Chelsea is a team made up of players, probably who have a higher technical level but with individual characteristics.
“They have players who play on the flank, want to play one v ones so from that point of view, the football they play is less fluid, less smooth.
“Compared to Napoli where they could all play well [together], at Chelsea there were seven or eight players playing individualistically. They were effective, solid and that was so not so easy to defeat.”
The next Chelsea boss must try to solve this problem during pre-season and build a team that will rely on each other and not focus on their individual abilities.
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