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It was Maurizio Sarri's off-white trainers that you gave most thanks for, in the week when Jose Mourinho's discussion of Hegel took vain and self-regarding football management to a new level.

The new Chelsea manager has a tendency to put weight on his instep so that footwear looked slightly misshapen, too.

Here was something blissfully ordinary amid the bombast and self-importance of the Premier League - just like Sarri's tracksuits, baggy as pyjamas, and the manager's oversized T-shirt which rests on an unmistakeable belly. 

Maurizio Sarri is a blissfully ordinary touchline presence amid Premier League bombast

Maurizio Sarri is a blissfully ordinary touchline presence amid Premier League bombast

He wears white trainers, an oversized t-shirt, tracksuit bottoms and a black wristwatch

He wears white trainers, an oversized t-shirt, tracksuit bottoms and a black wristwatch

He was nervously looking at his black wristwatch long before the hour mark, looking anxious, and we knew why because he'd told us as much in his programme notes. 

Managers' notes have become a delusion in many parts of the Premier League. Sarri's compatriot Roberto Mancini's were among the more meagre and meaningless in his Man City days. (That's the 53-year-old Mancini picture with sun-tan and rippling biceps on a beach this week, who might still have been managing in the Premier League himself if he appreciated the value of a relationship with players.)

However this Italian pinpointed precisely what he believes is the problem with Chelsea in these early days, as the team adjust to the 'Sarri-ball' high pressing. How to defend well.

If Sarri is honest with himself, he will know that his team needs more firepower this season

If Sarri is honest with himself, he will know that his team needs more firepower this season

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