Koulibaly backs Maurizio Sarri to succeed as Chelsea boss if given the chance

Koulibaly backs Maurizio Sarri to succeed as Chelsea boss if given the chance

- Napoli defender Koulibaly believes his former manager Maurizio Sarri will succeed as Chelsea boss

- The 59-year-old is touted to replace embattled Blues coach Antonio Conte this summer

- Koulibaly played an important role in his country's 2-1 victory over Poland in their opening group game on Tuesday

Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly is hoping that Chelsea will give Maurizio Sarri enough time to prove himself if he eventually gets hired this summer.

The Italian born tactician appears favourite to take over from his countryman, Antonio Conte, whose chances of leading the Blues next term is doubtful.

FA Cup defedning are also reportedly planning to make former star Gianfranco Zola as Sarri's assistant going forward.

However, the Blues owner Roman Abramovich is known for sacking coaches if they faile to produce speedy success.

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The Senegalese professional footballer was part of Sarri's arsenal while at Napoli as the Stadio Olimpico outfit finished 10th on the Italian League table last term.

He (Koulibaly) believes the 59-year-old could revolutionise the style of play at Stamford Bridge if he is given time.

The Senegal star, 27, said: "(Chelsea fans) can expect nice football because he is a very good coach.

"I’m disappointed that he leaves like this but we have now a big coach (in Carlo Ancelotti). We know we can win something with him.

"I hope he will win something with Chelsea because he’s a nice coach.

"When a coach like this comes he needs time. So I think they have to give him time because he will change the football of Chelsea, I think.

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"At Napoli we enjoyed it very much as players and the supporters enjoyed it very much. At Chelsea I think it will be the same."

The Senegal international has been linked with a move to top European clubs in recent years - including Chelsea.

Koulibaly played an important role in Senegal 2-1 victory over Poland in their opening group game at the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The victory for the Lions of Teranga was the first time an African side did not lose - let alone win - in Russia this summer.

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And the defender hopes it can help kick on the other nations from the world’s biggest continent.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Koulibaly added: "It was an important win. We know Poland are a nice team. The most important thing is to start good in the competition and we did it.

"It’s a difficult group but we know we can make it (through). We saw the first games of the African team and saw that they didn’t win.

"It was disappointing but now we are happy that we’ve won this game because they are supporters like us, we support them.

"I hope that it’s a big step forward for all the African teams."

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Legit.ng previously reported Maurizio Sarri is set to take over the managerial duties at Chelsea next summer when current boss Antonio Conte would have left.

The 59-year-old Sarri has indicated his desire to leave the Serie A club this summer that will likely pave way for him to take charge at Stamford Bridge.

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