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Transfer market alone won’t be enough to catch Manchester City, warns Sarri

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Chelsea can’t just throw money at the problem; the players must work hard, too

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Maurizio Sarri is not one to spend too much time thinking and talking about transfers, dreaming about new signings, or demanding reinforcements from his superiors — which should in theory allow him to have a long and fruitful relationship with the Chelsea Board, who tend not to get along with head coaches who do for too long.

While that sounds pretty good in theory, when push comes to shove, one might expect Sarri to behave just like every other head coach. Sarri himself supposedly pushed for the signing of Gonzalo Higuain in the summer, although the lack of any significant fallout from Chelsea’s decision not to sign the veteran striker perhaps supports Sarri’s market-agnostic views.

Sarri might also actually believe in what he’s selling because he believes in the power of his brand of football. Antonio Conte used to talk about hard work and improvement, too, but it ended up coming across as the fallback option — no reinforcements, so we have to work. Sarri seems to actually believe wholeheartedly that improving the players and getting them to play his system perfectly is a viable path to success.

And so, asked on Friday whether a January shopping spree would help him close the gap to Manchester City, Sarri doubled down on his own narrative.

“Not at the moment. No, no. I believe in another football. It’s impossible to recover only via the market.

“Maybe you are able to buy two or three very important players, but maybe one is not suitable for your team. So it’s not easy, also, by the market. We have to work.”

-Maurizio Sarri; source: Fox Sports Asia

Any more Jorginhos out there? Probably not. So the hard work continues.