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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.

Community Shield: Chelsea vs Manchester City

1/22 Willy Caballero – 8/10

Difficult to play too much this season except injuries, but had a second half improved while he denied Aguero and Jesus on several occasions.

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2/22 Cesar Azpilicueta – 6/10

He had a pretty good game considering the rickety defense next to him, and as it happened before, he retires doing the dirty work and giving his team maximum.

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22/3 Antonio Rudiger – 5/10

It is not the fault of Aguero's goals, but the first goal went through his legs, and he combined less convincingly with David Luiz.

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4/22 David Luiz – 5/10

Despite the end of his career, the same old problems afflict Luiz. He has all the skills and the quality to make a center very good but can not put it all together.

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5/22 Marcos Alonso – 6/10

He had an average game in a defense that seemed to be watertight at best. He will probably improve during the season and can score a goal or two in his day.

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6/22 Cesc Fabregas – 6/10

He could not put many of his trademark balls forward and he looked out of the pace, but with a poor defense behind him, he had little to feed.

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7/22 Jorginho – 6/10

Understandably his touch and some of his works were all but perfect while he was adapting to the English game, but it is clear that Sarri sees him as a key figure for Chelsea this season.

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22/08 Ross Barkley – 6/10

He showed some signs of his promise before his move to Chelsea, and will try to take advantage of this new season.

AP

9/22 Pedro – 6/10

Another of the Chelsea players in attack who have little to feed, had a half chance in the second period, but did not have much help from his teammates while trying to create opportunities.

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22/10 Alvaro Morata – 5/10

He had a small service, and seemed short of confidence when he took the ball. His big test will be the Premier League while trying to find some form and, above all, get the score.

REUTERS

22/11 Callum Hudson-Odoi – 7/10

A brilliant spark for Chelsea, and certainly will give Sarri something to think about next season. He tackled Kyle Walker's talent and speed well.

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12/22 Claudio Bravo – 7/10

A bizarre moment when the ball rebounded on him apart was a good interpretation of Bravo with his usual accurate distribution.

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13/22 Kyle Walker – 7/10

It worked well with Callum Hudson-Odoi who was one of the best players in a poor Chelsea. One to get back early from the World Cup, and seemed almost at his best again.

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14/22 John Stones – 7/10

Another performance assured by a player who builds a successful World Cup. He also found himself in the defensive midfield as the game progressed, and we hope to build on this season.

Action images via Reuters

15/22 Aymeric Laporte – 7/10

A new signing last season, Laporte was seen as one of the best defenders in the world and looked solid here despite having never been put to the test by a toothless Chelsea line.

AFP / Getty Images

16/22 Phil Foden – 8/10

One of the few who will have seen Community Shield as a huge game. He left the field to a standing ovation and was impressive throughout, picking up an assist for the opening of Aguero.

Action images via Reuters

17/22 Benjamin Mendy – 7/10

Almost a new signing for City after his long injury last season, and showed some glimpses of his form in Monaco as he ran up and down his left side.

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18/22 Fernandinho – 7/10

The few times that Chelsea managed to put the passages together, Fernandinho was there to stop the game. Will face much stiffer tests during the Premier League season.

REUTERS

19/22 Bernardo Silva – 8/10

One of the best in an impressive team of the city, and perfectly filled for David Silva. His offensive shots were easily bypassed in midfield and in Chelsea's defense.

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20/22 Riyad Mahrez – 7/10

Guilty sometimes take too many touches, but as always a bright spark, and someone who will add to the City team this season.

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21/22 Sergio Aguero – 9/10

He got his 200th and 201nd goals for City and was clinically as he has been so many times in a City jersey. Given too much space from a poor defense of Chelsea.

REUTERS

22/22 Leroy Sane – 7/10

A good performance, but much more to give to Sane, who will probably clash with Mahrez for a place in the XI starting this season.

AFP / Getty Images

1/22 Willy Caballero – 8/10

Difficult to play too much this season except injuries, but had a second half improved while he denied Aguero and Jesus on several occasions.

REUTERS

2/22 Cesar Azpilicueta – 6/10

He had a pretty good game considering the rickety defense next to him, and as it happened before, he retires doing the dirty work and giving his team maximum.

AFP / Getty Images

22/3 Antonio Rudiger – 5/10

It is not the fault of Aguero's goals, but the first goal went through his legs, and he combined less convincingly with David Luiz.

AP

4/22 David Luiz – 5/10

Despite the end of his career, the same old problems afflict Luiz. He has all the skills and the quality to make a center very good but can not put it all together.

Action images via Reuters

5/22 Marcos Alonso – 6/10

He had an average game in a defense that seemed to be watertight at best. He will probably improve during the season and can score a goal or two in his day.

Getty Images

6/22 Cesc Fabregas – 6/10

He could not put many of his trademark balls forward and he looked out of the pace, but with a poor defense behind him, he had little to feed.

POPE

7/22 Jorginho – 6/10

Understandably his touch and some of his works were all but perfect while he was adapting to the English game, but it is clear that Sarri sees him as a key figure for Chelsea this season.

Getty

22/08 Ross Barkley – 6/10

He showed some signs of his promise before his move to Chelsea, and will try to take advantage of this new season.

AP

9/22 Pedro – 6/10

Another of the Chelsea players in attack who have little to feed, had a half chance in the second period, but did not have much help from his teammates while trying to create opportunities.

Getty Images

22/10 Alvaro Morata – 5/10

He had a small service, and seemed short of confidence when he took the ball. His big test will be the Premier League while trying to find some form and, above all, get the score.

REUTERS

22/11 Callum Hudson-Odoi – 7/10

A brilliant spark for Chelsea, and certainly will give Sarri something to think about next season. He tackled Kyle Walker's talent and speed well.

AFP / Getty Images

12/22 Claudio Bravo – 7/10

A bizarre moment when the ball rebounded on him apart was a good interpretation of Bravo with his usual accurate distribution.

Getty Images

13/22 Kyle Walker – 7/10

It worked well with Callum Hudson-Odoi who was one of the best players in a poor Chelsea. One to get back early from the World Cup, and seemed almost at his best again.

Getty

14/22 John Stones – 7/10

Another performance assured by a player who builds a successful World Cup. He also found himself in the defensive midfield as the game progressed, and we hope to build on this season.

Action images via Reuters

15/22 Aymeric Laporte – 7/10

A new signing last season, Laporte was seen as one of the best defenders in the world and looked solid here despite having never been put to the test by a toothless Chelsea line.

AFP / Getty Images

16/22 Phil Foden – 8/10

One of the few who will have seen Community Shield as a huge game. He left the field to a standing ovation and was impressive throughout, picking up an assist for the opening of Aguero.

Action images via Reuters

17/22 Benjamin Mendy – 7/10

Almost a new signing for City after his long injury last season, and showed some glimpses of his form in Monaco as he ran up and down his left side.

AFP / Getty Images

18/22 Fernandinho – 7/10

The few times that Chelsea managed to put the passages together, Fernandinho was there to stop the game. Will face much stiffer tests during the Premier League season.

REUTERS

19/22 Bernardo Silva – 8/10

One of the best in an impressive team of the city, and perfectly filled for David Silva. His offensive shots were easily bypassed in midfield and in Chelsea's defense.

AFP / Getty Images

20/22 Riyad Mahrez – 7/10

Guilty sometimes take too many touches, but as always a bright spark, and someone who will add to the City team this season.

Getty Images

21/22 Sergio Aguero – 9/10

He got his 200th and 201nd goals for City and was clinically as he has been so many times in a City jersey. Given too much space from a poor defense of Chelsea.

REUTERS

22/22 Leroy Sane – 7/10

A good performance, but much more to give to Sane, who will probably clash with Mahrez for a place in the XI starting this season.

AFP / Getty Images

"For sure, at this moment, we are not at the top of our potential," said the Chelsea manager. "I hope to be at the top of the team's potential in one or two months, but I do not know, of course, we're not at the top."

The Blues start the season with a trip to Huddersfield Town where Sarri hopes his new players can show signs of the promise of future things. "I hope the second part of the season, for us, will be very good with many points," he said. "I expect some problems in the first part of the season."

What could these problems be? "From the results", he added. & # 39; Perhaps performance in the first part of the season will not be in line with the team's potential. "

Conte was the last manager to discover that the demands are high and that the levels of patience are often low at Stamford Bridge, but Sarri insists that the club's advice is well aware of the task ahead of him. "They know," he said. "They know it very well, I think you have to wait a couple of months.

After a tumultuous start to the summer, Chelsea came out unscathed


This task is to get the team accustomed to the requirements of the new head coach, known as "Sarri-ball" when he was in Serie A. "I do not know (what it is) exactly," he said. "It's not my definition, I do not know, in Naples we played at great speed, ball forward, ball back, continuously, with great speed with the attackers, so it was fun for the supporters. We did the club record in the first, second, third year, Ninety-one points in the last season, out of 23 of the last 25 Serie A (seasons), 91 points were enough to win. 39; unlucky, I think. "

Sarri recognizes that it may not just be the players who have to adapt to a new environment. "I do not know (if you can play the same way in England)," he said. "It depends on the characteristics of the Premier League and my players, I have to adapt to the characteristics of the players, and not vice versa."

He added: "We have to play at another speed.The offensive phase could be problematic at this speed.If we can play at another speed, maybe the score will not be a problem for us. At this current speed, it could be a problem.The players right now have to think about what to do too much, and so the ball is not moved at the right speed, material and mental, right now.

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