New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri may not have been in the job for very long, but he’s learnt some quick lessons already.
The former Napoli manager said that he feels the difference between his side and Manchester City is telling, after the Blues were on the wrong side of a 2-0 scoreline in the Community Shield, and outplayed for most of the game.
Chelsea may have been missing some key players, but as were City, and Sarri’s men didn’t look in the same league as the side who won the Premier League last time out.
“In this moment there is a little difference – maybe not little! – between us and City,” Sky Sports report he said.
“In the first half not too bad. In the second half there was a big difference from the physical point of view, I think. We need to work. Our pre-season until now has been a bit crazy, I think, so we have to work.
“I arrived here three weeks ago and I’ve never seen six players, so it’s very difficult.
“It depends on me, it depends on the players. I don’t know.”
A long way to go
Sarri spoke about the issues he feels his side currently has, and noted that the work that needs to be done can certainly take place, with the manager quipping he hasn’t even really met some of the players.
There is of course also the uncertainty around the future of Thibaut Courtois – who Sarri claimed can leave in his eyes if he doesn’t actually want to play for Chelsea, yet he hinted there could be some good news on the horizon in terms of Eden Hazard.
He added: “Sometimes the work has been very long, sometimes not. In Naples we were with difficulties for three to four matches – but the [pre-season] started at the beginning of July in Naples.
“Some ideas [were on show] but not too much in this moment. We have the idea to press but sometimes we press in right way, sometimes not. We have the idea to be in control of the match but today we were not in control of the match.
“I think it’s a long way, we have to work. It’s not very easy. In the next week we have a friendly match [against Lyon on Tuesday] and I prefer in this moment to be on the pitch with the players only for training.”