Revealed: The number of top-flight games Enzo Maresca has managed

Enzo Maresca
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Enzo Maresca, recently appointed as Chelsea’s head coach, has a coaching background that, while impressive in terms of tactical development, lacks top-flight managerial experience.

His coaching career includes a successful stint at Leicester City, where he led them to the Championship title, securing promotion to the Premier League. This was a significant achievement, showcasing his ability to transform a team and instill a possession-based style of play​.

Before his role at Leicester City, Maresca worked as an assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, which greatly influenced his coaching philosophy.

His approach emphasises dominating possession and methodically breaking down opposition defenses, traits that have drawn comparisons to Mikel Arteta, another Guardiola protege​.

Maresca’s managerial journey began with Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad, where he achieved notable success.

However, his first senior managerial role at Parma in Serie B was less successful, leading to his early dismissal after just 14 games. Despite this setback, his return to Manchester City as Guardiola’s assistant allowed him to further refine his coaching strategies​

Enzo Maresca’s appointment at Chelsea marks a significant step in his career, and while he has not managed any top-flight games, his tactical acumen and potential for innovation have been highly regarded. Chelsea hopes his progressive style and fresh perspective will bring success to the club​.

Chelsea’s first Premier League game of the season will be Enzo Maresca’s first top-flight game in his managerial career.