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Chelsea fans were at first excited about the appointment of Maurizio Sarri to become the new Chelsea manager, after watching footage of his Napoli team, and the much hype surrounding Sarri-ball as Napoli almost beat Juve to the Serie A title in 2017-18 season.
However, it didn’t take long for the fans to get bored of the consistent passing game and even booed the unnecessary passes at some point midway through the season when Sarri came with Sarri-ball to the Premier League.
To be fair to Sarri, the Italian finished the Premier League season in third place with a respectable win ratio of 61.9% and a trophy in his cabinet. It was towards the end of last season that Chelsea kind of surged, and the Blues rose from 5th place to finish 3rd in the last few weeks of the campaign, while also beating Arsenal 4-1 to become Europa League champions.
To explain Sarri’s boring pattern, then assistant boss Gianfranco Zola told beIN Sports: “At the beginning the players were very much behind everything that we were saying, they were brilliant.
“They were following everything, but then as the weeks passed due to the repetition and the amount of games they were playing, the players got tired and they also got bored in a way.
“But boring is part of our job. Sometimes you need to get bored but when you get bored you persist in what you’re doing and you get better.
“I remember that when I was learning to play football, kicking a ball for example, I used to do it 300-400 times a day at least.
“There were moments when I got tired but I needed to do it repeatedly because if I wanted it to become a part of me, this was the process I needed to go through.”