The Blues head coach, Maurizio Sarri on Saturday became the first manager in Chelsea’s history to remain unbeaten in his first nine Premier League games in charge.
Sarri’s Chelsea remained unbeaten in the Premier League and unbeaten in all competitions since losing the Community Shield at the start of August, which may or may not count as a real game anyway.
Only two Chelsea managers have remained unbeaten after their first eight Premier League games:
- ￼ José Mourinho (8)
- ￼ Felipe Scolari (8)
As it turns out, Sarri nine games are a new Chelsea record, one better than what Mourinho managed in 2004 and Scolari managed in 2008. Both José and Big Phil had the same record as Sarri through their first eight games in the Premier League — 6 wins, 2 draws — but then lost the ninth: José to a pre-big-money Manchester City, 1-0 away and Big Phil to Liverpool at home, also 1-0.
Maurizio Sarri is the first manager in Chelsea’s history to remain unbeaten in his first nine Premier League games in charge.
A dramatic way for it to happen. 😳 pic.twitter.com/TfoHrhXvLb
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 20, 2018
Mourinho’s Chelsea would go on to not lose another Premier League match that season, but Scolari’s team soon imploded and he was out of a job by early February. Hopefully Sarri’s season will turn out more like José’s first than Scolari’s only.
Sarri’s unbeaten start — 6-3-0; 20:7, +13 — is tied for the 6th best start in Premier League history for Chelsea, level on points with (but better on goal difference than) Ancelotti’s start to the 2009-10 season.