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Remembering all of Chelsea’s Italian managers


Chelsea have named Enzo Maresca as their new head coach with the Italian leaving Leicester to interchange Mauricio Pochettino at Stamford Bridge.

Maresca’s appointment continues Chelsea’s lengthy lineage of Italian coaches, and the 44-year-old has grow to be the seventh of his countrymen to take cost in West London. Following Maresca’s arrival at Chelsea, we’ve remembered the six earlier Italian coaches to have taken cost of the Blues.

Gianluca Vialli

Gianluca Vialli was a headline signing at Chelsea when the Champions League-winning captain joined the Blues from Juventus in 1996. Just 18 months later, Vialli had changed the supervisor who had signed him, Ruud Gullit, to grow to be player-coach.

The Italian led Chelsea to the European Cup Winners’ Cup and League Cup in 1997/98, earlier than beating Real Madrid to assert the UEFA Super Cup and lifting the FA Cup in 1999/2000.

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His 5 trophies made Vialli probably the most profitable Chelsea supervisor ever on the time of his exit, when the Italian was sacked early into the 2000/01 season amid fallouts with a number of gamers.

Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri was introduced in to interchange Vialli, getting into his compatriot’s sneakers at Stamford Bridge.

Though he did not win silverware with Chelsea, Ranieri oversaw a major interval in West London. He guided Chelsea to Champions League qualification in 2002/03, secured with a last-day win over top-four rivals Liverpool, in a outcome that modified the course of the membership’s historical past.

Roman Abramovich, suitably impressed with a spot within the Champions League, purchased the Blues and bankrolled their path to tremendous membership standing.

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Ranieri spent round £120m on new signings in that first summer time, bringing in gamers reminiscent of Claude Makelele, Joe Cole and Hernan Crespo. Chelsea ended the season second and reached the Champions League semi-finals, although the Italian was dismissed as Jose Mourinho arrived at Stamford Bridge.

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Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti grew to become the most recent massive title to reach at Chelsea because the membership’s teaching place resembled a revolving door within the late noughties.

The two-time Champions League winner arrived with a giant status from a profitable spell at AC Milan and led Chelsea to a Premier League and FA Cup double in his debut marketing campaign. Ancelotti’s aspect grew to become the primary staff since 1963 to attain 100+ targets in a top-flight season and wrapped up the title with an 8-0 win over Wigan on the ultimate day.

After a disappointing second season he departed, however has since gone on to make historical past on the continent. ‘Don Carlo’ is the one supervisor to have gained every of Europe’s high 5 leagues, whereas he’s now a record-breaking five-time winner of the Champions League after a hat-trick of titles with Real Madrid.

Roberto Di Matteo

Chelsea handed the teaching reins to Roberto Di Matteo in 2011/12, after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked throughout his debut season.

Di Matteo was a former participant and had been working as an assistant at Chelsea, earlier than being appointed on a caretaker foundation. Incredibly, he led Chelsea to Champions League success simply months after his appointment.

After overturning a first-leg deficit to beat Napoli in his first European match, the Blues beat Benfica, Barcelona and Bayern Munich to grow to be the primary London staff to win the Champions League. He added the FA Cup to make it a double and was made everlasting supervisor, although was controversially sacked simply 4 months into the next season.

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Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte made a right away influence after taking cost of Chelsea in 2016/17. His first season on the helm noticed Chelsea topped champions within the Premier League, with a 13-game profitable run propelling the Blues to title success.

Conte’s Chelsea broke a number of divisional data at the moment, together with for many wins in a Premier League season (30) and the second-highest factors tally (93).

He led the West Londoners to FA Cup success in his second season however left after the membership missed out on a top-four end and Champions League qualification.

Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri changed his compatriot in cost only a day after Conte’s exit was introduced.

After impressing at Napoli with an aesthetic model of soccer, Sarri sought to stamp his type on Chelsea. The Blues misplaced the League Cup remaining on penalties to Manchester City – in a decider remembered for Kepa Arrizabalaga’s refusal to be substituted – however atoned for that loss by thrashing Arsenal within the Europa League remaining.

However, discontent along with his techniques contributed to his departure and noticed Sarri depart after only one season in cost, because the 60-year-old signed a three-year deal at Juventus.

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