Zidane To Chelsea Would Make Sense Only Because It’s Chelsea!

Today The Sun are reporting that Chelsea are targeting former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane to replace current head coach Maurizio Sarri.

When the Italian boss arrived at Stamford Bridge back in the summer, it was decided that he was the man to bring swashbuckling football to the London club.

Early in the season, ‘Sarri-ball’ was working a treat. The Blues were play with a high intensity, were pressing teams and out passing opponents. Along the way they managed to produce winning performances against both Manchester City and Arsenal. They were flying high in the Premier League and have made it into the League Cup final.

Unfortunately the wheels have come off the Sarri led bus recently. Chelsea were thumped 6-0 by Pep Guardiola’s Man City side last weekend and even Maurizio himself has questioned his future at the club (From The Guardian):

“My job is always at risk”

“If the president [Roman Abramovich] calls, I’ll be happy, seeing as I never hear from him. To be honest, I don’t know what to expect.”

Now a coach like Sarri was always going to need time. His tactical approach is vastly different from previous Chelsea bosses Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.

At the start he would have been a refreshing change and the players would’ve reacted to him but then the malaise set in once again. There’s too much deadwood at Chelsea at the moment and more signings and departures will be needed before Sarri has a squad capable of constantly controlling games as he’d want. 

Now I believe Sarri could help himself and his players if he were to adapt his approach slightly. 

But Chelsea’s hierarchy must’ve known that by bringing in Sarri and searching for new, exciting football they’d have to probably wait for the best results. 

Even Guardiola needed a season at the Man City before bringing the Premier League title back to the Etihad. 

After a transitional year, Pep decided his team needed a new goalkeeper to replace that other new goalie and a four new defenders. City backed him big time in the transfer market and they were rewarded with two trophies last season. 

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich doesn’t seem to have the patience to wait for what he wants. He desires a side with an attacking philosophy similar to that of Guardiola but the Blues moneyman also desires instant success and a bulging trophy cabinet. 

Thus he chops and changes managers when they drop out of the top four and his gaffers struggle to field young talent that will offer something different. 

If Roman wants to get back into the top four and thinks Maurizio isn’t up to the task, then he’ll dump him and pay the price. 

And of course, Zinedine Zidane will appeal to the Russian billionaire. 

Zizou was one of the most gifted footballers of his generation and then as a coach he helped Real Madrid to win three Champions League titles in a row. 

The Frenchman also got the best from Cristiano Ronaldo. Chelsea may believe Zidane could be the man to get Eden Hazard to stay at Stamford Bridge. 

Zizou is a bluechip name and is the biggest free agent coach currently available. That will always appeal to a man like Abramovich. 

The Russian owner always seems conflicted and he also constantly believes that the grass is always greener on the other side. 

Roman and the rest of the Chelsea hierarchy have to finally stick to an ideal. 

Do they want to win trophies or do they want to win silverware with creative, attacking style? 

The second option will take a bit of time and The Blues will need to show patience! 


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