Chelsea star Marcos Alonso: What I really think of new boss Maurizio Sarri

MAURIZIO SARRI is teaching Chelsea now to control the game better, star defender Marcos Alonso says.

Sarri replaced Antonio Conte at Chelsea earlier this month and is busy stamping his mark on his new squad.

The ex-Napoli chief said in his first press conference that he hopes to bring ‘the fun’ back to the club.

And Alonso has been impressed by Sarri so far.

Asked about how his new boss is settling in, Alonso said: “So far, so good.

“I think he has a great style and we are just learning new things now to get used to it very quickly, and be ready for the Community Shield against Manchester City.

“He likes to play football, he likes to press high, to try to have control of the ball and so control of the game.

“It could be more similar to the Spanish style, but he has some Italian aspects as well.”

Chelsea face Premier League champions City at Wembley before kicking off their league campaign against Huddersfield a week later.

Following his appointment, Sarri said: “Ours is not a sport, but a game. Anybody who plays a game started doing that when they were a child, to have fun.

“The child in each of us must be nurtured because this often is what makes us the best. Trying to create play that is fun is the first thing to obtain everything else from.

“My goal is to have fun as long as I’m here, and to be competitive in all competitions until the end.

“My personal objective is to have fun, because I think that in life, the biggest gift you may receive is to have fun while you do your job.

“I am convinced that if the team has fun, often the fans have fun, too. This is very important. And then there is obviously the material objective.

“We must start by having fun, which is important for us and our fans. I really hope the Chelsea fans will see entertaining football.”

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