Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has revealed that he places emphasis on little details related to his team as he works to return Chelsea’s glory days as a heavyweight in England.
According to the Italian tactician, he spent close to 13 hours daily in the course of the international break to watch videos of opponents so he could observe their weaknesses.
“We have to play seven matches in 23 days, so I had to work,” he said. “I have seen a lot of matches, of Cardiff and PAOK, West Ham and Liverpool, so I had to work.”
“Sometimes I’m working at the training ground, sometimes at my home.
“They were long days. But, for me, it’s a pleasure. I am not able to think about this as a job, like work. It’s 12 or 13 hours, but for me it’s not working.”
He admitted that he’s already settled in England after just three months and has now gotten his own accommodation in Surrey
“For the moment, I’m really very happy to stay here,” he said. “I have my dog here with a very big garden, so the dog is very happy. I’m really very happy. I feel like at home. I feel in my home.
“I have a house five miles from here, no more. It’s in Surrey, similar to my name.”
Meanwhile, the manager is not leaving any room for a drop in the standards of his side’s standards.
He added that whilst at Napoli, his side usually suffered a dip in form after international breaks.
“I’m not really relaxed as Cardiff is a very difficult game, a very difficult match,” he said.
“I remember in my first season in Naples, the average points per match during the season was 2.28, I think. But the average after the international break was only 1.31 or 1.32.
“So I know that the matches after the break are very, very difficult. Fortunately in the last season, the average was the same: 2.4 in the season, 2.45 after the break. Only because after the first season the players understood the difficulty of this kind of match.
“I’m trying to stress this number to my players. Just telling them this number. My experience in this situation.”