Raise A Glass To Maurizio Sarri! The Chelsea Boss Has Now Equalled This Momentous 24-Year Managerial Record
Chelsea bagged their eighth Premier League win of the season following a 3-1 victory at home to Crystal Palace, which saw the Blues move above their title rivals Liverpool up to 2nd spot, and in the process they maintained their impressive unbeaten start to the season.
But that wasn’t the only reason Chelsea were celebrating on Sunday as their new boss Maurizio Sarri, who has yet to lose a league or cup game - excluding the Community Shield - since replacing Antonio Conte in the dugout, created history as he equalled a 24-year Premier League managerial record set by Frank Clark.
Back at the start of the 1994/95 season Clark went 11 games unbeaten with newly promoted Nottingham Forest in his first ever stint in the Premier League dugout.
Since then no manager, up until Sarri, has ever gone undefeated in their opening 11 matches in the Premier League.
Not Pep Guardiola, nor Jose Mourinho, or even the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson managed to achieve this feat.
But that’s exactly what Sarri has accomplished in his first few months in English football, and the Italian now has the chance to leave Clark in his wake, and in turn set a new outright record of 12 unbeaten matches when his troops host Everton at the Bridge next Sunday.
Meanwhile, the current Chelsea side are one of only a dozen teams to go unbeaten in the Premier League at this specific stage of the season, however they have a long way to go to match the overall record, with Arsene Wenger’s 2003/04 Arsenal outfit, aka “The Invincibles”, the only ever team to go through the whole campaign unbeaten.