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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri spoke today at his first press conference as the new Blues’ boss. The Italian also paid tribute to his compatriot Antonio Conte, who’s been sacked earlier last week after almost two years in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri told journalists: “Antonio Conte has reached incredible results here and elsewhere. He is an extraordinary manager- Clearly I play in a slightly different way so it will take some time for the squad.

“This is a post-World Cup time. It will take some time to build a slightly different way of playing. All good things Antonio Conte did must be left. They must not be changed.”

When asked if he’s scared to cope with targets set by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich ahead of next season, the former Napoli manager added: “If I was someone who always worried probably I would do another job. Our job means risks but also a lot of satisfaction. I don’t want to be afraid.

With respect to the rest, I haven’t won anything but in Serie A nobody has won anything. For three years in a row we had records with points. I think that we have worked very well and the difference in working well and winning is often minimum. I hope I will be able to fill in this gap. I hope so”.

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Maurizio Sarri has been unveiled as Chelsea‘s new manager at Stamford Bridge today. The Italian boss sent a message before starting the press conference: “It is really a pleasure for me to be here in London, the Premier League and the best championship in the world. I am happy to be at Chelsea. I am sorry that my English is not the best, but I don’t want to say anything wrong. I hope to do it in a few weeks”.

Then, when asked if the delay on his appointment at the club affected his planning ahead of the upcoming Premier League season, Sarri said: “No. I was not planning anything. I had to solve a situation with Napoli so I was not planning anything. I knew that Chelsea could be interested to pay my buy-out clause, but then the situation was resolved a few days ago”. 

“This is a difficult challenge, but a fascinating one. I know it will be very tough and here we have the strongest clubs and players in the world. It is difficult, but I have not asked anyone anything. I want to have this experience by myself, including mistakes”.

“The two leagues are different, but here there are stronger players in the Premier League. I need to have fun to do well and I have noticed that in the last year something changed in the championship. It is not a tyrpically English squad and this has given me confidence”.

More to follow…

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It has been reported Chelsea are closing in on a move to land defender Daniele Rugani to Stamford Bridge from Juventus in the next weeks.

However, hist agent Daniele Torchia believes a move to the Premier League giants is anything but done. He told Tuttomercatoweb: “I am happy for Sarri because no one believes he could get there and instead here his is coaching Chelsea.

“Everyone thinks that [Rugani] follows him to Chelsea, but it must be considered that Juventus also did not accept any negotiations in the past, either with Napoli nor with any other teams and has always expressed the will to keep the player and today that has not changed.

“To date, that will has not changed and Rugani himself has not expressed a willingness to go elsewhere. However, it must also be said that if there is a request it will be heard because in football, respect is needed.”

Juventus are reportedly considering a late bid for Atletico Madrid star Diego Godin, a move which could allow Rugani to leave Allianz Stadium this summer.

 

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has today led his first training session at Cobham training centre. The Blues continue their pre-season as they will be traveling to Australia next week ahead of a friendly match against Perth Glory on Monday 23 July.

The Italian man has also spoken to Chelsea’s official website about new challenge of his professional career as head-coach, an interview which is currently available on the club’s new app.

 

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With a statement released via the League Managers Association, former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte thanked his players and staff, the Blues’ supporters, but he didn’t mention anyone from the club’s board.

I would like to thank all of my friends at Chelsea Football Club for their hard work and support over the past two seasons which enabled us to win the Premier League and FA Cup together,” the statement read.

It was fantastic for me to be able to share my emotions, passion and enthusiasm throughout two unforgettable seasons with these amazing Chelsea supporters, who will always stay in my heart. 

I hope Chelsea will continue to be successful and I wish everyone well for next season. I have made many memories during my time with Chelsea, which I will take with me into my next challenge.”

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Antonio Conte leaves the reins at Chelsea after almost two years in charge. He came, he won silverware, he faltered, he lifted the FA Cup, then he left.

The Premier League at the fist shot has been clearly the masterpiece during his era at Stamford Bridge, where he loved hugging Chelsea fans while celebrating Chelsea goals. He did it on his first game at home, he repeated it again and again. This is Conte. This is Antonio, and no matter the bitter end.

The Italian man built a strong mentality, a perfect duo in midfield with N’Golo Kante alongside Nemanja Matic. The Serbian’s departure was one of the reasons behind Chelsea’s failure last season. No doubt.

Conte showed once again his commitment to the club by carrying on working with a regular timetable until he was eventually sacked from the club yesterday.

Diego Costa bust-up, a £9m compensation, 5th place in the Premier League last term dishonored an imposing start to the first season in charge, when he came in at Stamford Bridge after leading Italy to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. When he was desperately looking to bring Chelsea back to the title race. He did it, he won it and Blues made history again. Back to winning ways with an Italian man on the touchline, but this won’t be strange to Chelsea fans.

Win and then improve, win and keep pace even in the most difficult league in the world. It has been hard for Conte, it will be even harder for Maurizio Sarri. We hope the newly-appointed manager will be able to stay in charge for a long time. We hope he can look back at his job after almost two years and think: “Yes, I’m over the hump”.

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Chelsea have completed the signing of Jorginho from Serie A side SSC Napoli, the club have just confirmed  via their official website.

The Italian midfielder joins the club on a five-year deal on a move in the region of £50m plus add-ons. Jorginho will wear the n°5 shirt at Chelsea.

He told Chelsea’s official website: “I am absolutely ecstatic to be here at Chelsea. It is not easy to become part of such a big team so I am very, very happy. I am excited to play in such an intense league, for a team that gives everything to play and win”.

BREAKING – CHELSEA SIGN JORGINHO FROM NAPOLI ON A FIVE-YEAR DEAL

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Chelsea have appointed Maurizio Sarri as their new manager on a three-year contract, the club’s official website confirmed earlier this morning through a statement.

The Italian man, who will start his new job on Monday, told Chelsea’s official website: “‘I am very happy to be coming to Chelsea and the Premier League. It is an exciting new period in my career.

I look forward to starting work and meeting the players on Monday ahead of travelling to Australia, where I will be able to get to know the squad and begin our match action”.

Then Sarri added: “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”.

OFFICIAL – Maurizio Sarri named new Chelsea manager

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill was among the players which bid a heartfelt farewell to Antonio Conte, who left the club following two seasons in charge at Stamford Bridge.

The England international, who recently suffered a World Cup defeat against Croatia, wrote on his Instagram official account: “I would like to wish Antonio and his family best wishes for the future and thank him for helping me and Chelsea be successful during his time at the club”.

“A Premier League title and FA Cup winners medals are great memories we all shared together. Thank you Antonio. I wish you and all your coaches all the very best for the future”.

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Defender Cesar Azpiliceuta, who also wore the the Blues’ armband in the last two years at Stamford Bridge, bid a heartfelt farewell to Antonio Conte a few minutes ago.

Chelsea have officially parted company with the Italian manager earlier this morning.

The Spaniard wrote on his official account: “Thank you mister for the trophies we have won together and your confidence in the last 2 seasons. I wish you all the best in the future. Grazie Antonio”. 

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