Zola thinks Sarri deserved more time at Chelsea

Gianfranco Zola has said that Maurizio Sarri wasn’t given enough time at Chelsea to truly show his style of football.

Despite the initial fanfare surrounding the Italian’s much heralded ‘Sarri-ball’ style of play, Chelsea fans quickly grew displeased with the football that was being served up at Stamford Bridge.

However, club legend Gianfranco Zola, who worked under Sarri as his number two, reckons the Italian deserved to be given more time at Chelsea, saying his best football was still to come.

“I think the best of Maurizio’s work comes not in the first year but more from the second year onwards,” he told talkSPORT.

“Looking at the way he works, it takes a little bit of time to put in place what he wants to do and also he is very demanding on the players.

“But, after the players get used to it, they get better and better and the work becomes more effective.

“It’s a pity, because I think it would have been good for the club if Maurizio stayed and it would have been good for Maurizio as well.”

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