Football: Winds of change at Chelsea as Blues adapt to new boss Maurizio Sarri's style

The philosophy of new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri (above) has more in common with Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola than his predecessor Antonio Conte.
The philosophy of new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri (above) has more in common with Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola than his predecessor Antonio Conte.PHOTOS: EPA-EFE
The philosophy of new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has more in common with Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola (above) than his predecessor Antonio Conte.
The philosophy of new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has more in common with Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola (above) than his predecessor Antonio Conte.PHOTOS: EPA-EFE

Sarri's high pressing 4-3-3 is different from Conte's formations but similar to Pep's style

Chelsea may sense the similarities. They could win consecutive competitive games at Wembley, book-ending the summer by celebrating each with silverware secured under Italian managers and against clubs from Manchester.

And yet if that suggests that Maurizio Sarri is the continuity candidate, Antonio Conte's successor may instead be signalling radical change tomorrow.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 04, 2018, with the headline 'Radical change at Chelsea'. Print Edition | Subscribe