The first question put to Maurizio Sarri in his introductory press conference by the English media was about the delay in appointing him.
The journalist asked if he had been able to prepare in advance of the move, given it had looked likely for some time, but Sarri immediately denied this:
“No. I was not planning anything. I had to solve a situation with Napoli so I was not planning anything. ”
Chelsea fans had been hopefully saying that he might have had a chance to get to work watching the team’s games from last season and planning their transfers, but this very much puts that idea to bed.
Still, he seemed confident that he would be able to make quick progress – in his English as well as with the team.
Sarri says he hopes to implement his footballing philosophy at Chelsea as quickly as possible, and he wants to make his side's style of play fun to watch for our supporters. #SarriCFC
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 18, 2018
While implementing his style as he wants it could take 6 months, we can at least hope for a competitive side early on, as these are top players who should be able to rapidly adapt. As he said, the “quality of the players” would help shorten that adaptation.