Since Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in the summer of 2003, The Blues have emerged as a true European superpower, winning trophy after trophy with some of the greatest managers in the game making Stamford Bridge their home. Maurizio Sarri has been linked to the position but matched betting gurus, Profit Accumulator are linking the likes of Laurent Blanc and Luis Enrique.
While the club has been successful one thing has been missing on a constant basis: attractive football that is pleasing to the eyes. The lack of patience by Abramovich means that most Chelsea managers have come under increasing pressure to prioritize winning trophies over the playing philosophy.
The likes of Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Roberto Di Matteo have all won major titles, but there is still a feeling that they could have won playing in a more attractive fashion. Abramovich is a man that wants his team to win and play well at the same time, which was what prompted him to go all out for Pep Guardiola in the past, though the Spaniard spurned his advances as he felt the Chelsea job was too high-risk. Despite winning the FA Cup last season, Chelsea are expected to sack Antonio Conte as he has fallen out with the major power brokers at the club.
His compatriot, Maurizio Sarri will take over the job as all that is left are minor details before he is confirmed as the new boss of the West Londoners. Sarri is a man that has risen to the top on a managerial level after spells in the Italian lower tier, but what sets him apart is his playing style. His three years in charge of Napoli saw the Partenopei play the best football in the Serie A, and last season saw them compete with Juventus for the Scudetto title.
The likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Dries Mertens, Marek Hamsik and Koulibaly played their best football under the tutelage of the coach. City manager, Pep Guardiola rates Sarri a lot having faced him in the Champions League, insisting that his team were one of the best he has ever had the pleasure of playing against. For all the talk of Chelsea fans berating the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool for playing well and not winning, there is a part of them that looks longingly at Barcelona and Manchester City: teams that have mastered the art of playing well and winning alongside.
The Ancelotti years were two years Chelsea fans will never forget as the team scored a lot of goals and also won The Double in his first campaign. Sarri has not won anything yet as a manager, but with better players and more finances, he should compete with the rest of the top sides in the Premier League. Sarri-ball is coming to England and it sounds exciting.