Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta has claimed that Maurizio Sarri is a more imaginative coach than Antonio Conte.
Conte won the Premier League and the FA Cup during his two-year stint at Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea decided to remove him in favour of Sarri in the summer.
The former banker has made a fine start to his time at Chelsea and has won the opening three league games of the season, which included a win over London rivals Arsenal.
Zappacosta is keen to learn more from Sarri after spending a season under Conte and admits that both managers are very particular about having well organised teams.
But he feels the difference lies in their approach as while Sarri encourages more imagination, Conte was all about pre-established plans and tactics.
The Chelsea full-back told Italian daily Corriere dello Sport: “They are two great coaches. Conte taught me a lot and I am prepared to learn a lot from Sarri too.
“Both want an organised team and they study the opponent in minute details.
“Sarri has more imagination – wants ball possession and quick passing, but Conte has pre-established plans.”
Conte and Chelsea had a bitter separation and the two are now embroiled in legal proceedings over the Italian’s final payoff amount.