New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed he has the utmost respect for former Blues coach Jose Mourinho and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, as he prepares to embark on his first season in the Premier League.
Sarri was appointed as Chelsea’s latest manager last week after months of speculation surrounding the future of his predecessor Antonio Conte, who could only guide the club to a fifth place finish in the Premier League.
The 59-year-old former Napoli manager joins an elite list of managers currently working in the English top flight, including Man City boss Guardiola, and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who of course previously managed Chelsea on two occasions.
Speaking at his first official press conference, Sarri was asked about Mourinho, but considering the acrimonious relationship between Conte and the Portuguese, the lastest Chelsea boss spoke in glowing terms:
“He has won everything and I think that is enough as a manager. He has won everything and I think someone who has this track record does not need a description.We are talking about a world level manager.
“I esteem Pep, and the other managers, my style is closest to Guardiola.”
Speaking about Guardiola in more detail, Sarri added:
“Well he is a class act, a champion and a genius. It is difficult to explain his insights.
“Clearly he had some difficulties in the first year, but 100 points in Premier League is extraordinary, might not be repeated.
“For us we need to fill in a gap. I hope last year was an occasional gap.”