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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says it is in his thoughts to finish his career with Napoli as he is a fan of the Italian club.

The Italian coach left the Azzurri to move to Stamford Bridge last summer and things: the Premier League start was really good for him as he has 100% record with four wins from the first four games.

Sarri signed a three-year deal less than 24 hours after Antonio Conte was sacked, but he says he only found out of his own dismissal after watching the news on TV:

“It’s true, I found out that I wasn’t the Napoli coach anymore by seeing it on television,” he told to Naples newspaper Il Mattino.

“I had some doubts, that’s fair, but there was a clause in the contract and it wasn’t something I had asked for.

“It was not respected in the timing. Now I hope that Ancelotti can achieve what I came so close to.

“It would have been the crowning of an extraordinary story, of a dream of mine, of the team and of the whole city. Of course I happen to relive moments here, in every moment. words, but those who have done sport know that we have lost the Scudetto in the hotel.

“I hope for the city, for the fans, Napoli is an extraordinary city, it deserves to win the Scudetto, I am a Napoli fan, I am happy that Carlo is now the coach because he has not only won everywhere, but It is always done well by everyone, it means that human and professional qualities are extraordinary.”

When asked if he got the chance to say a final goodbye to the players, Sarri replied:

“No, it all happened quickly, but I want to do it right now, and I say:” You are extraordinary guys, keep it up because you can do it to conquer that dream that we have touched.

“It may be the goal to finish my career at Napoli.”

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Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson revealed Chelsea asked him two times, some years ago, if he was interested to become the Blues’ manager.

I was approached by Chelsea and other clubs during my time with England. But I listened to what Chelsea had to offer. Not in financial terms, it would have been the same more or less. Eriksson told the Daily Star. “That wasn’t the question. It was what they wanted me to do and so on. I was interested, yes”.

Altough the Swede was interested, he declined both Chelsea’s approaches, the first made when Roman Abramovich bought the club, the second when the Chelsea’s owner sacked Claudio Ranieri:

It came out and became a mess. I thought I couldn’t do it and had to stay with England”. Eriksson went on. “When I say ‘had to stay’ it wasn’t something that I went home crying about. I had a fantastic job that I was very proud to have.”

Everton boss Ronald Koeman was sacked today after a very disappointing start of the season.

The Toffees are next Chelsea rivals in the League Cup, with the clash schedule for this Wednesday night.

The club are in the first relegation spot in the Premier League table and collected 3 defeats, 1 draw and 1 win in the last five games, the last one yesterday at home with Arsenal, with the Gunners winning for 5-2.

This is the statement Everton released:

Some of the contenders for the Toffees manager job are Sean Dyche, Sam Allardyce, David Moyes and ex Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti.

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Chelsea are not going through a brilliant moment and Blues boss Antonio Conte is under pressure in this special moment, with the team that have been failing to deliver in the last month.

The west London side collected two defeats, one draw and one win in the last month, but also the last two games were on the brink until the last moment, with the risk of losing them until the last minutes and poor performances by the team.

This is the reason why Conte was asked if he is feeling a special pressure in this delicate period, with some rumours of an imminent sacking going around in the past days:

“I must be honest. I feel a lot of pressure but not this type of pressure, if the club decide to sack me,” the Italian manager said after yesterday’s last minute win against Watford.

“Honestly I will never be worried for this. Never. The pressure is I want for my players and to give satisfaction for my fans. I feel this type of pressure.

“When I go to my house I am happy because I know I am putting 150 per cent for my club and my players are doing the same.

Conte explained why the team are going through this negative moment:

“The confidence is not high for the players. I think to overcome this type of moment, it makes you stronger.

“I think today when we were at 2-1 down it was a very difficult moment. Maybe the worst moment for us. To come back it was important.

“It means these players have great heart, a great desire to not accept these situations.”


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Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti was sacked by Bayern Munich last week: the Italian coach didn’t meet the club expectations for the beginning of this season and ex Bavarian manager Jupp Heynckes, who won the treble with the German side in 2013, was appointed to take of the team until the end of the season.

Speaking about his experience in Germany and about his future Ancelotti revealed in which country he’s not keen to coach next:

Bayern Munich belong to the past. Sometimes it can happen to be sacked, there is nothing to be sorry for. I’ve always respected every player I’ve coached. As a manager I have to play 11 players and bench seven of them. It is up to the player and to the club to accept the manager’s decision.”

“I don’t know if I will return to Serie A or try another experience abroad. For sure I am not going to train in China.”

AC Milan boss Vincenzo Montella has recently – jokingly – revealed that Ancelotti can now become his assistant. Here’s how Ancelotti replied: “He could my assistant and vice-versa. We could coach one game each, we only have to find a team that will allow us to do it.”

Montella is on the brink of being sacked after 3 defeats in the first 7 Serie A games of the season, and next game will be the derby against Inter on Sunday 15, when the Italian championship will restart after international break.

Ancelotti was the first name the media mentioned as a possible Montella replacement, but the former Blues boss claimed he has no intention to coach again during the current season:

“I will remain on holiday for the next ten months, I don’t want to take any other job before June. I respect Montella, Di Francesco and Ventura, I hope they will win all the games until the end of the season. I still want to coach club teams not national teams.”

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher would not gamble on Antonio Conte‘s permanence on Chelsea bench for next season.

The current Sky Sports pundit reckons the Italian manager will be soon out of Stamford Bridge:

“I’d be very surprised if I’m sitting here in 12 months’ time and he’s the Chelsea manager,” the former defender claimed.

“I think he’s the type of manager who won’t accept the involvement from people above, especially on the back of winning the title.

“He’s not going to go quietly and it’s not great for the club when the manager is coming out and speaking the way he is.”

Carragher thinks Chelsea’s attitude toward his managers is not the best:

“What I would say is Chelsea have a business model, a very ruthless one. They’re a bit like Real Madrid in that I don’t think they value the manager like other clubs do.

“They’re not scared to get rid of a top manager or get rid of someone after 12 months, but you can’t really complain. Since Abramovich came in I think they’ve won more trophies than anyone.”

 

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Antonio Conte claims Chelsea have to remain with feet on the ground in the approach of the new season.

The Blues lost their last two games of the Asian tour against Bayern Munich ( 2-3) and Inter ( 1-2) and the Italian manager is concerned his side can repeat the two years ago debacle, with Chelsea dropping to relegation zone in a couple months as defending Premier League champions:

“We know that it will be difficult next season, and we want to avoid the previous season after winning the league. Two years ago, the team finished 10th place in the league and we want to avoid this.

“Two coaches were sacked from Chelsea after they won the league. I want to avoid, and the players want to avoid, the last season with Mourinho.

New £60 million striker Alvaro Morata was given his first start against Inter but struggled to make an impression and was replaced in the second half.

“Morata is starting now and he has to improve his condition a lot. He is working very well and has been with us only five days. Today, he tried to do his best, but for sure, he has to improve.”

About a possible strike partnership with Morata and Michy Batshuayi, Conte said:

“Now, it is necessary because we don’t have other players.”

Conte admits the tight schedule has been tough on his players, but he insists the experience in Singapore made a very positive impression.

“We played against two strong teams in Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in a very important period for us because we are working very hard.

“But to play three games with the same players means we are tired, very tired.

“We must be pleased about the atmosphere and our fans because to find so many Chelsea fans in China and Singapore is great and I think this is big responsibility for us. We have a lot of supporters all over the world and in Singapore there was a fantastic atmosphere.

“I want to thank all of our fans because they were fantastic. We saw a lot of fans a the hotel, waiting for the players’ autographs and photos. I think this is a big responsibility for us.”

The future of Nemanja Matic remains uncertain, this is how Conte replied on this matter:

“I know nothing about this. You have to ask the club.”

The Italian coach was also asked for his thoughts on the incredible long-range own goal that Geoffrey Kondogbia scored in Chelsea’s favour.

“It can happen. People who play football know very well that this kind of thing can happen.”

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Speaking in an exclusive interview for France Football former Chelsea manager José Mourinho claimed that football is becoming crazy and that players and managers have to deal with huge amount of pressure also because of financial interests that involve any club:

“Everyone is under pressure,” the current Manchester United boss claimed.

“The media scrutiny is so enormous that even in a historic situation, that of Claudio Ranieri at Leicester, you find yourself sacked six months after winning the title. 

“That is why, for me, all the stages of the process are important. The first was to put the fans in harmony with the team, which was not the case in the last two years.”

When asked what qualities a manager needs to survive in the current football climate, the Portuguese coach said:

“Taking into account the human qualities, techniques and tactics, leadership, I think that the most important quality for a manager in this multifunctional job is to know how to deal with pressure, meaning in the current environment where football is a passion for normal people, but for others, it is an industry.

“Even in this country, which is home to tradition and stability, everything is in the process of becoming screwed up. The clubs are owned by foreign investors, no longer by traditional English people with the policies that came with that. 

“Last season, I was sacked by Chelsea six months after becoming champion. The same of Ranieri this season with Leicester. This job is becoming crazy!

“For Ranieri, I think it was the success which was impossible to duplicate. He did something that he could not repeat. And people in the club were not loyal enough to understand that. 

“It seemed obvious that, this season, they were going to find themselves in this situation. They did not understand that. They sacrificed their magician.”

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Guus Hiddink during last year's spell at Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

Leicester City are looking for a new mananger after sacking Claudio Ranieri last week and the new Foxes coach could be another former Blues: Guus Hiddink.

The Dutchman guided Chelsea in two occasions: in 2009, after Felipe Scolari was sacked, and last season after José Mourinho got the boot, winning the FA Cup in his first spell at Stamford Bridge:

“I think Leicester has done very well by going with the assistant manager after Ranieri’s dismissal. They proved themselves against Liverpool. I have no had contact with Leicester,” Hiddink told to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

“I have so much love for football that I do not exclude it. I never go to a club for several years, but I think it’s great to be working with young people.”

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Chelsea captain John Terry expressed his support to former Blues boss Claudio Ranieri, who was sacked by Leicester City yesterday, only ten months after winning a shocking Premier League title with the same club.

The Blues skipper wrote on his Instagram account:

Absolutely gutted for Claudio. A great Man, Manager and Friend

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