Laudrup: Give Sarri Time

Former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup believes that Maurizio Sarri should be given some time at Chelsea. He said that the team is still a work in progress and that you cannot change a team during the pre-season. He said that the new manager needs to spend more time with his players in order to understand them and help them progress.

Michael Laudrup said that when a new manager comes to a side you need to give him time to adapt and that with the world cup Maurizio Sarri has barely had time to get all his players together. For this reason, he believes that fans and the media should be patient and allow the manager to work.

Speaking in his role as an ambassador for FC Barcelona, with whom he still has close ties, he told the press how he thought, if Sarri manages to get the team playing like his Napoli side of last year, Chelsea tickets would be in short supply, with tickets in high demand on, like Barcelona tickets currently are.

He believes that Chelsea already has a good squad and that the signing of the new goalkeeper will bring some solidity at the back. He said that the new playing style will suit the creative players at Chelsea who was being hindered by Conte’s tactics. He believes that we will see plenty of goals at Chelsea this season with players such as Hazard, Willian, and Fabregas given more freedom.

Michael Laudrup admitted however that this will be a difficult season for Chelsea as all their direct competitors have been investing massively in new players and that they will become even more difficult to beat.

For the former Swansea manager, Manchester City is the favorite to win the title and their greatest challenger will be Liverpool. He said that Klopp has made a good job at Liverpool and that they demonstrated that last season when they reached the final of the Champions League. He believes that they have made some good signings during the transfer window and that they will be able to mount a serious push for the title.