Chelsea attacker Pedro Rodriguez has described Maurizio Sarri as a very good coach but admitted that he would need time to implement his ideas at Chelsea.
Sarri earned praise accross Europe for his thrilling style of play at Napoli for three conecutive years. He spoke about bringing fun to football at Stamford Bridge but warned that the approach would be a very big change for the players.
“It is early,” Pedro said. “It is good, these ideas, it will take time. It is the start of the preseason. Now we have this test against Perth, then Inter Milan and Arsenal [in the International Champions Cup].
“The coach is very motivating. A really good, honest coach. I knew of him and what he did at Napoli. I was not close with him but he is a very good coach with very good ideas.
“When he arrived he was very good with the players, speaking a lot and really, really hammering on the pitch his ideas. It is a very big change for the players.”
Sarri’s style of play earned praises from Man City boss Pep Guardiola, and they will both lead their teams out to square up to each other in the Community Shield at Wembley in August. Pedro added that both managers have a lot in common.
“They are similar,” he added. “Their intensity, mentality. It is good. It will be an open game for the duration and very good to watch.
“The most important thing is to try really hard and take the manager’s ideas in our mind very quickly. It is very important to do this, to test this. Maybe with these players, we can do these ideas.”