MARCOS ALONSO reckons Maurizio Sarri’s lack of a playing career in football has contributed to struggles in his first season at Chelsea.
The Italian, 60, is managing his 19th club but his background in the bank rather than as a footballer is a hindrance, according to the left-back.
But despite not having everything his own way this term, Sarri led his team to finish third in the Premier League, the Carabao Cup final and in with a chance of finishing the campaign by lifting the Europa League.
Alonso said: “It’s never easy to come to a new country and new league, new football, new culture. The gaffer is still learning.
“He was not a football player either, so he is learning a lot this year.
“Taking orders from someone like that can be different, but at the end of the day we have to be professional and take on whatever he asks us for. He is different.”
After a strong start to the season, Alonso, 28, saw his performances drop off towards the end of the campaign as he was asked to play a slightly different role.
Some Chelsea fans have called for the Spaniard to be sold this summer with both Madrid clubs interested.
And Emerson Palmieri looks set to start the Europa League final – especially following his latest comments – after being trusted in the semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Alonso added: “I started the season very, and the team also started very well.
“Then the manager asked me for something different. I tried to do what he was asking me to do and when the team started winning games again I had a small injury in my back.
Latest Chelsea news
“I had to stop for a couple of games but after that I was back playing good and getting back in the team when they needed me. Now there is a big opportunity to end the season well and go on holiday.
“It’s not easy of course to adapt. We are eleven players, all have to try to go in the same direction.
“Managers are different, they have different aspects of tactics. He wanted to change the team not just me. He wanted to change the way we start playing.”