Sarri vs Mourinho incoming: Expect fireworks!
- As Maurizio Sarri is ready to take it over at Chelsea, the Manchester Evening News Ciaran Kelly can't wait for his confrontation with one of the most flamboyant bosses ever - the Special One Jose Mourinho
Different levels of experience, different football achievements
"Mourinho is the son of a professional footballer who has won 25 trophies to date and got his first break in management with Benfica in 2000 following an apprenticeship under both Sir Bobby Robson and Louis van Gaal."
"Sarri, the son of a construction worker, was still working as a middle-aged banker by the time Mourinho made his first steps into management - and is yet to lift a single trophy following spells at nine Italian clubs."
Trophies won in last 5 seasons:— Keenos (@KeenosAFC) July 12, 2018
Unai Emery: 10
Pep Guardiola: 9
Jose Mourinho: 5
Jurgen Klopp: 2
Maurizio Sarri: 0
Mauricio Pochettino: 0
However, Sarri's football is already a brand
"One Pep Guardiola claimed that Sarri's Napoli were 'maybe the best team' he had ever faced. Fernandinho added they played the best football in Europe. Those quick passing triangles, the way Napoli dominate possession, the marauding full-backs, how they press and counter press at speed, Jorginho pulling the strings, the well-drilled, compact defence."
Will Sarri have enough time?
"Can that translate to the Premier League - particularly when Sarri is bizarrely set to take charge at Chelsea days after Conte got pre-season training underway at Cobham? The argument, as far as the Chelsea are concerned, is that the first week of pre-season is cardio-focused and it is not until the players go on tour that they really start to get to grips with tactics."
The day is set - October 20, expect fireworks!
"Whatever happens, Sarri's arrival presents a new challenge for Mourinho after coming up against Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp in recent years. October 20 will have a large 'X' beside it in his leather bound diary when he returns to Stamford Bridge for his first ever clash with the Italian. Expect fireworks."