Conte would have forced David Luiz Chelsea exit


Maurizio Sarri is still settling in as Chelsea manager, and his attacking style of play will take some time to bed in.

Returning late to Cobham after leading Belgium to a bronze medal finish at this summers World Cup, the 27-year-old has had to settle for a place on the bench for Chelsea's opening two games. It depends only on you. In Chelsea's case, however, he reckoned it would take them two months only to adapt since the team had lots of intelligent players. I think it's very easy and, if you defend by looking only at the ball, you can stay very high up the pitch. In the other way you depend on the movements of the opponent.

"So I think that such an important club can not sell a very important player without the possibility of buying another very important player at the same level".

'At the beginning I was really surprised'.

Earlier, had reported how Spanish club Barcelona reportedly contacted former Premier League champions Chelsea over the signing of their star Brazilian defender David Luiz.

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Sarri explained: "I think we have to work to improve in the defensive phase - and we are not only talking about defenders". After making a gradual return from World Cup duty he played half an hour in the victory over his side's London rivals.

Sarri is unconvinced that he could ever resort to such a radical Plan B. It is incredible to play football, of course last season was not the best for me inside the pitch, but also I learned a lot outside the pitch as a person, as a man.

"I don't know [about compromise]".

Maurizio Sarri admitted he was "surprised" by Rafael Benitez's decision to play five at the back against Chelsea as he narrowly maintained his 100% start to life in the Premier League.

"If [Chelsea] called me 40 days ago, I think it's because they wanted to see my football here, I think. I can tell my opinion to the board, and then the board will decide".

It was a satisfying half for Benitez, who saw his side create two opportunities on the break when Kepa Arrizabalaga had to save from Jacob Murphy and Salomon Rondon wasted an excellent chance by heading wide.