Enzo Maresca: Chelsea’s Top 3 Most Successful Italian Managers As Blues Appoint Leicester Boss

Enzo Maresca: Chelsea’s Top 3 Most Successful Italian Managers As Blues Appoint Leicester Boss

Joel Reyes
May 28, 2024 at 1:48 PM
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  • Chelsea have reached an agreement with Enzo Maresca to become their new manager
  • He led Leicester back to the Premier League after winning the Championship last season
  • The Blues have found great success with their Italian managers in the past years

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Chelsea have found their new coach.

The Blues reportedly have agreed terms with Leicester City boss Enzo Maresca to become their new manager.

Sports Brief looks at the club's three most successful Italian managers, with Maresca sealing his move to Stamford Bridge.

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Enzo Maresca during the match between Leicester and Blackburn on May 4, 2024; Antonio Conte lifts the Premier League trophy after Chelsea win the 2016-17 title. Images: Plumb Images/ Matthew Ashton.
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Chelsea's top 3 most successful Italian managers

1. Antonio Conte

Conte's stint with the Blues was short, but it was definitely memorable.

He delivered two trophies to Chelsea in the two seasons he was in charge of the club.

The Italian boss immediately worked his magic in his first year with the Blues, leading the London-based side to the Premier League title in the 2016-17 season.

Chelsea were simply dominant in that title run, amassing 93 points after recording 30 wins, three draws, and five losses. They finished seven points above second-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the final league table.

Conte helped the Blues set a new club record with 13 consecutive league victories in a single season, per The Standard.

The Italian boss became the first manager in history to win three straight Premier League Manager of the Month awards as a result of that winning streak, which lasted from October 30 to December 31, 2016.

The Blues failed to replicate that magical run in the 2017-18 Premier League season, with Chelsea finishing fifth.

They didn't end the season empty-handed, though, as Chelsea captured the FA Cup for the eighth time in their history.

They defeated Manchester United 1-0 in the final, with Eden Hazard scoring the game's lone goal in the 22nd minute. The Belgian midfielder scored a penalty after Phil Jones was adjudged to have fouled him inside the box.

Chelsea held on for the victory, which proved to be Conte's last title with the Blues. The club sacked him on July 13, 2018, and replaced him with Italian compatriot Maurizio Sarri.

2. Roberto Di Matteo

Di Matteo will go down in history as Chelsea's greatest interim manager.

He became the club's caretaker boss after Andre Villas Boas was sacked by the Blues in March 2012.

Chelsea's players rallied around their new coach, making improbable title runs in both the Champions League and FA Cup.

They defeated Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup final to win their first trophy of the 2011-12 season. Ramires opened the scoring for the Blues in the 11th minute before Didier Drogba doubled their lead early in the second half.

The Blues captured another trophy weeks later, claiming the Champions League title after beating Bayern Munich in a dramatic penalty shootout.

Chelsea forced extra time after Drogba scored an incredible header in the 88th minute. The match eventually went into penalties, with Drogba scoring the match-winning spot-kick.

Di Matteo was named permanent manager the following season as a reward for those two titles. His reign didn't last long, though, with Chelsea sacking him in November 2012 after a poor start to the season, per the BBC.

3. Carlo Ancelotti

Ancelotti has won it all in his managerial career, including the Premier League title in 2010. He led Chelsea to the championship that season, with the Blues finishing one point ahead of Manchester United in a thrilling title race.

They played swashbuckling football in their first season under Ancelotti, with the Blues becoming the first team in the English top flight to score over 100 goals in a single campaign.

The Blues recorded a league and cup double in the 2009-10 season, beating Portsmouth 1-0 in the FA Cup final.

A trophyless 2010-11 season proved costly for Ancelotti, who was sacked by Chelsea two hours after their loss to Everton on the final day.

Maresca's coaching traits examined

Sports Brief recently reported on the coaching traits of Maresca.

The Italian manager prefers to have his players dominate possession, passing the ball around and wearing down the opposition before creating chances.

He usually sets his team up in a 4-3-3 formation.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.
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