A Chelsea star, who used play for Real Madrid, appears to have taken a dig at his former coach Antonio Conte when he was asked to explain the difference between his former Juventus boss and new coach, Maurizio Sarri.
It is an approach that yielded six goals as Chelsea won both of their first two Premier League matches against Huddersfield and Arsenal, but the Gunners also exposed startling defensive vulnerabilities by scoring twice in what Sarri described as a "horrible" 15 minutes for his team. Maybe [he wants to start] but I think it's more important my mind. "It's easier for offensive players so in this moment he needs to have much more training with us". So you have to change completely the mind. It's better for me.
"If I arrived after another coach it may have been more hard for me". It depends only on you. One of the parts of the idea is to focus on the ball and different parts of the pitch, you have to understand the movement. "It's usually three months, but my feeling is in [sic] this team there are a lot of intelligent players so I hope only two months".
Sarri admitted that the term "Sarri-Ball" was created by the media, while he was happy to reveal how his team is supposed to play.
The Brazil worldwide defender was a key figure in the Blues' 2016-17 Premier League title triumph but found himself out in the cold last season as injuries struck and his relationship with Conte soured.
Sarri is unconvinced that he could ever resort to such a radical Plan B.
"I can not say why it did not go through. It is incredible to play football, of course last season was not the best for me inside the pitch, but also I learned a lot outside the pitch as a person, as a man", he said.
"He loves football, he's a good coach". I think it's the right way to think for him, but I have to think for everybody.
Newcastle are aiming for a first win. "Then, if I enjoy the game, maybe the supporters enjoy the game".
Newcastle will know that they have to be at their best as Chelsea travel to Tyneside, with the visitors winning both of their Premier League games so far.