Maurizio Sarri has hinted that Chelsea may struggle in the early stages of the season as the players adapt to his style of play.
The Italian took over in July from his countryman Antonio Conte and the Blues have suffered from a disruptive pre-season in which they only won one match, against Perth Glory in Australia.
In the Daily Mail, the 59-year-old admitted that pre-season has not helped his cause.
We did a pre-season… what can I say? Unusual, maybe. So now we are not at the top.
Chelsea were relatively successful in the transfer market, beating Man City to the signing of Jorginho, signing Kepa Arizzabalaga in a world record deal for a ‘keeper, and the loan capture of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid.
Sarri was hopeful that once his players are up to speed on his methods that it will produce results: “I hope the second part of the season will be very good with a lot of points”
Chelsea did emerge victorious from the opening game of the season against Huddersfield, goals from Kante, Jorginho and Pedro sealing a 3-0 win.