Maurizio Sarri has given an insight into the painstaking levels of detail he goes into to prepare for matches, with the Chelsea boss claiming he ignores the outside world to immerse himself in tactics.
Sarri has made a superb start to life at Chelsea since his prolonged exit from Napoli this summer, with the Blues level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City after eight games and only behind the champions by virtue of goal difference.
Chelsea fans have already noticed the difference between Sarri’s style of football compared to that of previous manager Antonio Conte, while star player Eden Hazard – leading the Golden Boot race with eight goals – has described ‘Sarri-ball’ as his favourite approach during his time playing at Stamford Bridge.
But while Sarri has been quickly winning points and plaudits as Chelsea adapt to his new style, the process is as much a labour of love from the dedicated 59-year-old as it is innate talent.
In an interview with Corriere dello Sport, Sarri says he works for 10 hours a day before watching two more hours of football – and the Italian insists he will not allow himself to be disturbed while he locks himself away.
“My working day usually lasts from 9am to 7pm, then two hours of viewing time for myself,” Sarri said. “It’s like a religion.
“I got a house… in Effingham, so they lock me up in my hermitic seal and if they knock, I don’t answer the door. I am immersed in my world.
“I achieved this almost at the age of 60. I don’t need to thank anyone other than those who cared for me, supported me and understood me, but not those who tried to exploit me.
“I spent my time in Serie C, that’s a league that grinds you down and spits you out.”