We usually expect there will be some transfer activity, but it’s been quite an exception in this case. With that said, Chelsea’s preseason camp began with Conte taking charge of the first team for the first week of training before receiving marching orders from the club. With the Sarri situation taking too long, the preseason regime was in Conte’s reigns, and it seemed like the ex Italy national team coach will continue despite Chelsea ‘s tussle with Napoli for a compensation fee to get Sarri to the club. Soon things finally started to be clear when Sarri was announced as head coach after negotiations with Napoli concluded on good terms.
The Blues’ began their pre-season under Saari just a week after the World Cup- quite unusual compared to how early other teams all across England started with their preseason camps. Chelsea first faced Perth Glory in Australia, and everyone saw the instant impact of Sarriball as Chelsea played the game with an unusual high defensive line. It continued for another week and a half, and the results were the same, this time with the new set of players returning from the World Cup who featured in the international champions cup fixture against Inter Milan. The West Londoners won on penalties after a 1-1 draw ensuring yet another morale booster in their kitty. Later on, they faced a new and young Arsenal side against whom Chelsea dominated proceedings against an almost first choice arsenal team. The Blues eventually drew the match 1-1 after a late goal from Lacazette and eventually lost the game on penalties.
Expect a really good and attacking game when the rivalries resume against Manchester City in the FA Community Shield on Friendship day. Oh, the irony.