Ahead of today’s huge Premier League clash at Wembley, Maurizio Sarri has aimed a somewhat veiled jibe at his counterpart Mauricio Pochettino, claiming that he would not be allowed not to win silverware.
Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino have failed to win any trophies, but continue to be praised for their style and progress on and off the pitch.
Replying to a question of whether he (Sarri) would be afforded four trophy-less years at Chelsea, as Pochettino has at Spurs, the Italian was pretty honest with his response;
“I don’t think so, but I don’t know. It’s up to the club – if it’s more important to win, or more important to improve the players.”
Both Maurizio Sarri and Mauricio Pochettino are without silverware in their managerial careers, and the 59-year old Chelsea boss admitted he wants to his this as soon as possible;
“I want to win something just to avoid this question.”
“Sometimes there are the conditions for winning. Sometimes not.
“It’s clear he’s a very important coach, with a trophy or without a trophy.”
The shape for the Premier League title could very well be defined in this Tottenham vs Chelsea London derby later this afternoon, with the intriguing sub-plot of two managers keen to give the fans silverware to follow-up on impressive starts to the season.
Chelsea will be looking to make it thirteen Premier League games unbeaten vs Tottenham, and will take confidence that they beat Spurs at Wembley last season, as well as beating Southampton and Manchester United at the national stadium in winning the FA Cup.