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Maurizio Sarri warns against a quick solution to Chelsea before the opening match of the season

Maurizio Sarri warns against a quick solution to Chelsea before the opening match of the season

Maurizio Sarri has moved to dampen expectations at Stamford Bridge by admitting that his Chelsea team is likely to fail during the first weeks of the new Premier League campaign.

Sarri is trying to make his mark on a group of players he has worked with for less than a month. Having been successful with Antonio Conte, the 59 year-old intends to present the style and methods he has successfully employed in Naples, bringing him to the attention of the Chelsea board, but recognizes that the change in approach will take time.

The defeat of the Community Shield last Sunday against Manchester City confirmed the gap between Sarri's team and the reigning champions of Pep Guardiola in the new season, with the Italian who recognized the progress that his team still has to make . He is confident he can remodel the group of players who won the title two years ago, but they were insignificant for long periods of last season when they fell in fifth place. Nonetheless, Sarri warned that there is no quick solution.

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