How Maurizio Sarri and Antonio Conte's first 16 games as Chelsea manager compare
For the last ten years or so, Chelsea have had a reputation for having a high turnover in managers but having a lot of success.
Since Roman Abramovich took over the club in 2004, Chelsea have had 14 managers.
And whilst that may not be what fans are looking for from their club, it seems to be the way modern football is going.
At Chelsea, managers have often had success in their first season at Stamford Bridge but struggled after.
It was the case for Jose Mourinho – in both his stints – and also for Carlo Ancelotti, who both won the Premier League in their first seasons.
Chelsea’s previous manager Antonio Conte also won the Premier League in his first season in London.
So, after 16 games, lets have a look at how Maurizio Sarri’s first 16 games compare to Conte’s:
Record: Conte – W13, D1, L2; Sarri – W10, D4, L2
In their 16th game of the season, Conte’s Chelsea side had just won 1-0 away at Sunderland thanks to Cesc Fabregas’ first-half strike.
It was a hard-fought win for the Blues, who were missing key men Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic.
In contrast, Sarri earned probably his most impressive win as Chelsea manager in his 16th game as he beat the impressive Manchester City 2-0.
Sarri’s side have been trying to take on board his philosophies and did so emphatically against the reigning champions.
League position: Conte – 1st (six points clear of 2nd); Sarri – 4th (eight points off 1st)
Chelsea moved six points clear at the top of the Premier League following their win over Sunderland.
And having lost 3-0 to Arsenal in late September, the win was Chelsea’s 10th consecutive league victory.
In contrast, Sarri’s Chelsea are way off the pace in the league, and are tied with fifth-placed Arsenal.
But Chelsea’s first defeat of the season to Spurs a month ago snapped their 12 game unbeaten start to the season.