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Chelsea: An Italian Job

Chelsea: An Italian Job

11:00 SAST | 10 Aug 2018

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Roman Abramovich is allergic to failure and when Chelsea miss out on a major title he looks to freshen things up in management. Ex-Napoli man Maurizio Sarri is now in the hot-seat. Sarri himself never played serious football; he was an amateur midfielder before going into banking. Perhaps that’s what Abramovich likes about him. Football is as much a numbers game as a ball-game these days.

With Napoli, Sarri achieved two second-placed Serie A finishes and picked up 2017’s Coach of the Year Award. Abramovich will not be handing out awards for second-place finishes in the Premier League. He’ll want trophies…the big ones, like the UEFA Champions League.

And on getting the job Sarri was hardly convincing: “I hope we can provide some entertaining football for our fans, and that we will be competing for trophies at the end of the season, which is what this club deserves.” The problem is, with so many multi-billion-dollar clubs in Europe they all deserve to win trophies. But only the sharpest, the shrewdest, the hungriest and the luckiest do.

At least the Italian can get excited about the midfield magic of new signing Jorginho, who Chelsea Director Marina Granovskaia called, “one of the most coveted midfielders in Europe.” Manchester City would agree with that. They wanted the sleek Italian playmaker for themselves and are now left wondering what happened.

Jorginho and Sarri formed a fruitful partnership at Napoli, playing some attractive football. Can Roman Abramovich learn to appreciate the beauty of the beautiful game and stop obsessing about those pesky results? The ex-oil man has gone through 13 managers (more if you include the stand-ins) since buying Chelsea in 2003. Will he look back ruefully in years to come like a philanderer who wishes he’d learnt to settle down instead of chopping and changing partners? But at least a theme is starting to emerge…a certain fondness for things Italian.

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