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Enzo Maresca has opened up on his failed stint at Parma which holds eerie comparisons to what he could face at Chelsea, writes.

“My family and I loved Parma,” he said. “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,” he said in an interview in Italy earlier last year.

“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.

“We needed to have the patience and strength to believe in something and over time I am certain we would have succeeded.We were at 17 points after 13 matches – three points from eighth place and with a completely new team.

“But listen in football, we all make mistakes and so did I. Parma gave me a three-year contract. And when you accept a multi-year contract it’s because there’s a project idea behind it. In those three years, the target was we had to reach Serie A.

“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.”

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