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Enzo Maresca's three excuses for failing at previous job could spell deja vu for Chelsea

Enzo Maresca during the Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final between Chelsea FC v Leicester City at Stamford Bridge.
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Enzo Maresca could be set to run into some familiar dilemmas at Chelsea.

The Italian is the new man at the helm at Stamford Bridge, having been named as the club's third permanent boss since 2022. Chelsea fans are already anticipating what the Blues will look like under the former Leicester City manager.

In his first season at the Foxes, Maresca earned automatic promotion to the Premier League with a table-topping tally of 97 points. However, his first managerial position with Parma did not go anywhere near as well.

When the 44-year-old explained the issues behind his failed stint with the Italian giants, which only lasted 14 matches, his reasoning was eerily familiar to the potential dilemmas he could encounter at Stamford Bridge. In a previous interview, Maresca explained that he felt the squad he inherited at Parma was too inexperienced and did not have enough leaders to bring the team together.

He also felt that he was around three players away from turning their dwindling fortunes around. When asked about his time with Parma, he said: "My family and I loved Parma.

"My daughter Maia was even born there. I will carry it forever in my heart. I regard my experience as Parma manager as a positive one. By nature, I am a positive person and I take the good out of all my experiences.

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"But I have one regret. I was only starting my managerial adventure when it was ended. We were on the right track, the problem was that we had to try and construct a new team and that takes time. Nobody ever told me that we should have gone to Serie A in the first season, especially as there were about 15 players arriving at the club. But I repeat, we were definitely on the right track.

"I can't say why I was fired. Perhaps they thought with the squad we had, we should have been top of the table. I agree...but just not right away. With a little more time and some corrections, we would have got there. I had identified three signings in January and I am certain we would have made the play-offs."

While the quality of the players will be higher, Maresca will be inheriting a Chelsea side with similar attributes to the Parma team he struggled with. Now Thiago Silva has departed, the average age of his squad will be 23.7 years old.

The Blues have also seen 28 players arrive at the club under the new ownership. More signings look to be on the way, too, with Tosin Adarabioyo set for a medical, while the likes of Benjamin Sesko, Michael Olise and others have also been linked.

Chelsea head coach Enzo Maresca
Enzo Maresca begins work at Chelsea on July 1 -Credit:Copa

Chelsea are also bedding in many players who have arrived from abroad who may not have fully grasped the English language. Maresca is fluent in English and Italian, but will likely need to lean on the Portuguese, Spanish and French players within the squad to help the other non-English stars settle.

Cohesion has been Chelsea's biggest weakness over the last two seasons. The final chapter of Mauricio Pochettino's brief reign at the club is, arguably, the only time the Blues have played like a team since Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali's consortium bought the club in 2022.

Given no Chelsea boss under the duo's stewardship has lived to see a second season, Maresca will surely need to produce results quickly if he is to earn their trust. He has been given a five0year contract with the option of a further 12 months later down the line.

As Graham Potter and Pochettino both found out, a lengthy deal is anything but a guarantee for a long-term stay in west London.