In the same interview where Maurizio Sarri talked about his ignominious end at Napoli, finding out that he’s been sacked from the television playing in the background at a dinner party, he also talked a bit about his Chelsea experience thus far, and well ... it’s about as positive as one can get at such an early stage.
“Here [football] is totally different, it’s a celebration. It’s great to see supporters of opponent teams meet to have a beer together before the game. Finishing my career at Napoli could be a goal of mine, but first I want to stay here at Chelsea, a fantastic club, for a very long time. Everything it’s amazing here, there’s nothing I don’t like about it. Being the coach of this team is like a dream.”
-Maurizio Sarri; source: Il Mattino via GDM
Sarri may have promised “fun” football but has generally cut a reserved figure in his day-to-day interactions with the media, keeping expectations low, reminding constantly of the amount of work that needs to be done and the levels of improvement we have to achieve still. But it would appear that he’s enjoying all of that, and more, a fair amount. As a man who lives and breathes football, that’s perhaps not surprising. He lives for his work, and that work is going well right now.
And sure, things can (and do often) change very quickly in football. But for now, we get to live in hope of an excellent season and perhaps of many excellent seasons beyond that.