Sport Five things you should know about Maurizio Sarri

00:05  13 july  2018
00:05  13 july  2018 Source:   goal.com

Mistakes do not define me, says Chelsea boss Sarri

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I wish this directionless Board of Chelsea all the best with Sarri if he eventually joins us. They should make sure they don't sell Willian to Mourinho's Man U. We should Even Gadiola will pay for the debt he knew nothing about next season, they'll surely be beaten in and out by Chelsea come next season.

Sarri is expected to replace Antonio Conte in the coming days. My interest in Chelsea is fading away.pls you people should do something fast and save your fans. 5 things Chelsea have to do to get back on top? Let's count them all together.

mauriziosarri-cropped: Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri © Provided by Goal Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri

Antonio Conte's departure from Chelsea is expected to be confirmed imminently, and the Stamford Bridge faithful are readying themselves for an eighth different manager in seven years.

That man looks likely to be Maurizio Sarri, who left Serie A runners up Napoli at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

But who is Sarri and what can Chelsea fans expect from him?

Here's five things you should know about the 59-year-old Italian.

WELL TRAVELLED

Sarri started his managerial career with Pescara in 2005 before undertaking quick-fire spells at Arezzo, Avellino, Hellas Verona and Perugia.

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After further short stints at Alessandria and Sorrento, he seemingly settled down at Empoli for three years before upping sticks again and taking on the Napoli job in 2015.

AN ENTERTAINER

His three years at Napoli saw him develop one of the most thrilling sides in Europe.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, after playing against Napoli in last season's Champions League, said: "We faced one of the best sides I faced in my career - probably the best."

CLOSE TO SCUDETTO GLORY

Juventus' recent dominance of the Italian top flight was almost ended by Sarri's swashbuckling Napoli side last season.

They ultimately fell short, though, finishing four points behind the Old Lady, who wrapped up a seventh consecutive Scudetto.

IMPROVES HIS PLAYERS

Under Sarri's tutelage, Dries Mertens has been transformed into one of the continent's most potent attacking threats, the Belgian scoring a whopping 56 goals in the last two seasons for the free-flowing Partenopei.

Piotr Zielinski, Jorginho and Lorenzo Insigne have also flourished with Sarri at the helm.

RELISHES A SCRAP

Expect fireworks when he comes face-to-face with Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp on the touchline.

Just ask Roberto Mancini, who said this of Sarri after a heated exchange in 2016: "People like him should not be in football."

Sarri arrives in London amid Chelsea move .
Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is reportedly in London as he closes in on the Chelsea job. Simon Johnson of the London Evening Standard reports that the 59-year-old flew into the capital this morning. He is widely expected to be confirmed as Antonio Conte’s successor imminently. It was confirmed by Chelsea this morning that Conte has officially left the club, despite it being widely reported on Thursday. The former Napoli boss has had a deal agreed to take over at Chelsea for some time, but the move has been held up by both clubs. Chelsea have been discussing a compensation deal for Conte and his staff members, while also holding talks with Napoli over a fee for Sarri. Sarri guided Napoli to a second place finish in Serie A last season with an astonishing 91 points, narrowly missing out on the Scudetto to Juventus.

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