Just when we thought that London is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world with a buzzing Italian community, new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s ‘food tales’ took us by surprise. The former Napoli manager is missing out on his home comforts in London and turns out that he’s not a fan of English food.
The Chelsea boss has been finding it hard to indulge in his favourite delicacies and can’t trust Italian restaurants or shops in West London. So, he has finally arranged for getting cheese, beef and even coffee shipped over to London from his hometown Italy.
Sarri has also been taking new assistant Gianfranco Zola’s advice on finding authentic Italian eateries in his locality. The 59-year-old tactician only prefers the coffee made by Caffe Kimbo, which is based in Naples and the brand was also the shirt sleeve sponsor for Napoli last season. He also relishes Tuscan beer from a ‘Chianina’ breed of cattle as well as the Naples along with the delicious Caserta-based buffalo-mozzarella cheese.
It’s not just food, he’s particular about and apparently, one final shipment would be his personal computer and Merit cigarettes that will be sent over to his office at the Chelsea’s Cobham training facility. Sarri has been using the same machine since his managerial days of Empoli and Napoli, and it already has important data on the Chelsea squad he is inheriting.
Sarri is determined to execute his football philosophy at Chelsea and is eying early success with the club. He has already signed Italian midfielder Jorginho from his old club, as he is all geared up for the challenges ahead.