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Roy Hodgson reveals huge admiration for Sarri

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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says he’s impressed with Mauricio Sarri’s record and style of play and hails the new manager’s great start to life in Premier League.

Roy Hodgson takes his Crystal Palace team to Stamford Bridge on Sunday to face an in-form Chelsea team on Sunday and he’s a fan of the Italian.

“He is pretty well known in Italy I think as there are football fans in other countries than England, it is a worldwide game,” Hodgson told Palace website.

“When I spent some time in Napoli a couple of years ago now, a lot of people stopped me in the street because I have a past in Italy myself and they had plenty to say about Maurizio Sarri, and all of it was positive.

“So I wasn’t surprised after the magnificent job he did at Napoli when Chelsea needed a new coach, they turned towards him.

“I am also full of admiration for the way he has been able to settle in so quickly and to have such a good start with the team because that is by no means a foregone conclusion either,” said Hodgson as he praised another appointment at the club and has only heard good things about the new double act in west London.

“I think the appointment of Gianfranco Zola alongside him was also an extremely good appointment because it is good when you come to a new country to have someone working alongside you who a) knows the football extremely well and knows the club very well, and b) is such a well-respected figure.

“What is there to say about someone who has come into the country and settled in enormously quickly and the players when they talk about him and the training methods are all very positive and you can’t do an awful lot better than play ten and remain unbeaten at the end of them.

“So I am sure he will have done an extremely good job in preparing his team to play against us and we know if we are going to get points from that game, we will have to be every bit as good as we were in the games against the previous top teams we have played, at home to Liverpool, when we lost and Arsenal when we drew.”