- Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri appointed Chelsea head-coach.
- Antonio Conte’s departure was announced on Friday morning.
- We pick three things that should be high on Sarri’s list of priorities.
Maurizio Sarri is officially Chelsea’s new head coach. The club announced his appointment on Saturday morning, With Antonio Conte’s departure being confirmed less than 24-hours prior.
Maurizio Sarri is the new Chelsea head coach!
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 14 July 2018
Sarri has already missed out on a large chunk of the transfer window, as well as the start of pre-season. He cannot afford to waste anymore time if he wants to get his squad ready for the new season.
Here’s three things that we believe that he needs to do following his appointment as Blues boss.
Show the deadwood no mercy
Sarri can create the spine of his new team from the options he already has within the squad. From the back to the front – Courtois/Azpilicueta/Kante/Hazard/Morata – it’s a good start.
However, though we do still have many top players, they are surrounded by players who are nowhere near Chelsea quality. Danny Drinkwater, Davide Zappacosta, Pedro, and the rest. It’s time to part with them, before they drag us down for a second season in a row.
Take the shackles off Eden Hazard
If Eden Hazard stays at Chelsea this summer, and that’s very much an if, he must finally be provided with the freedom he desires.
Hazard has been forced to play with the handbrake on in recent seasons. Sarri is not a negative manager, he ought to utilise Hazard’s ability and allow the Belgian to fully showcase his star quality in attack.
Chelsea’s season could be defined by the performances of Hazard. If he’s at his best, we have a real chance of challenging for the title once again. Sarri needs to help him thrive.
Choose a striker – and stick with him
Both Michy Batshuayi and Alvaro Morata have proven to be confidence players. When they’re high, they’re flying. When they’re low, they might as well not even be on the pitch.
Chelsea do not need to sign a new striker this summer, we need to keep faith in one of the two we already have at our disposal, and create the conditions in which they can thrive.
This may have been made a little trickier by Batshuayi’s involvement in the World Cup, but Sarri needs to decide who he wants leading his line. He needs to stick with them even through the tough times, and watch the goals fly in.