Maurizio Sarri reveals how much time it will take to get his message across at Chelsea

The Blues have won two of their opening Premier League games

Chelsea made a slow start in the transfer window as they wanted to sort out their managerial situation first. Maurizio Sarri was appointed as the club’s new manager back in July after Antonio Conte was sacked despite his contract expiring next summer.

The 59 year old raided his former club Napoli to secure the signing of midfielder Jorginho, who became the Blue’s first signing this summer. The Italy International was close to joining rivals Manchester City but his former manager persuaded him to move to Stamford Bridge.

The Premier League giants completed the signing of midfielder Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid on a season long loan. He was part of a deal which saw Thibaut Courtois going the other way for €35 million.

They also completed the signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao after activating his  €80 million release clause, making him the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.

The Blues have won both of their Premier League fixtures and have been impressive so far. Club’s new signing have also been impressive so far as they getting used to the ways manager wants them to play.

Sarri has admitted he will need another two months to get his message across at Chelsea, despite overseeing a bright start to the season.

He told Sky Sports after collecting six points from meetings with Huddersfield and Arsenal: “They are working well, trying to improve, working on the mistakes. We need to improve, and we want to reach our 100 per cent as soon as possible.

“I think it’s easier for the offensive players. It’s usually three months, but my feeling is in this team there are a lot of intelligent players so I hope only two months.

“It takes defenders longer because I want to defend by looking only at the ball, and some players have played for 10 years looking at the man, so you have to change the way of thinking of this player, and it’s not very easy.

“For a defender who is 18, it is easier. For a defender who is 30, it is more difficult.”

He added on his footballing philosophy: “I like it when the team is in control of the match, I like very much the ball possession, I like to play in the other half.

“Ball possession, but at a very high speed. Mental speed, first of all, not only ball possession in my half. Maybe I’ve learned it from a lot of lost matches, I think!

“I tried to play as a five-man defence six years ago, but for me it is impossible. Because if I want to press in the other half, if I want to look only at the ball with five defenders, I lose immediately the metres.”

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