Maurizio Sarri: I owe Rafael Benitez a debt of gratitude over Napoli success

During the press conference, the blues manager acknowledges he owes Rafael Benitez debt of gratitude for placing Napoli in the position they are today.

The current Newcastle manager left Napoli in 2015, leaving also behind the flexible and compelling display in the players before Sarri took over.

This led them to second place behind the defending champions, Juventus.

It was that achievement that made Chelsea turn to the 59-year old attacking minded coach to replace Antonio Conte defensive tactics this summer.

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On Sunday, Sarri’s men will face Newcastle as the Magpies looks forward to continuing their home form against the blues.

Coach Benítez confidently knows how to make his team very difficult to beat. However, apart from being a weighty smoker, Sarri also cannot give up- his four-man defense, three-bodies in the midfield and three-attacking minded players upfront- which is a close reflection of what we saw against Huddersfield and Arsenal.

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Even though Conte succeeded in winning the title in 2017 after switching over to a 3-4-3 formation, Sarri will not be following suit.

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