Chelsea coach Carlo Cudicini has admitted Maurizio Sarri has found it difficult to adapt to the demands of the Premier League.
The former Napoli boss engineered an excellent start to season at his new club, but they have since slipped off the pace.
They currently sit in fourth place, four points clear of Arsenal. Defeats to Leicester and Wolves in December hindered their progress and raised questions about their lack of options up front.
However former Italian shot stopper, Cudicini, knows all about the unique demands of the Premier League. He firmly believes that Sarri has the right people around him to make a success of his reign at Stamford Bridge.
‘It’s always difficult for managers to come and change and be part of the Premier League,’ Cudicini told chelseafc.com.
‘This division is one of a kind with so many games and the challenge of the competition is so high.
‘I had the luck to work with Antonio Conte before and now with Maurizio. It’s a big difference from any other country, so it takes a bit of time to understand how it works and Maurizio is doing that.
‘Obviously with Gianfranco next to him it’s a big help – everyone in the staff that has had a chance to have a bit of experience in this league is trying to do his best to make his life a bit easier if we can. I think the team is doing well and it can only improve. We are on the right path.