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Maurizio Sarri reveals what everyone has got wrong about Sarri-ball at Chelsea!

The Chelsea boss has got negative reviews on his playing style and the Italian gives an insight into his thinking process.

Another defeat against a top-six side means Chelsea have managed only two wins against top six sides this season. The 2-0 defeat at Anfield puts further questions on Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri’s future at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are yet to face Manchester United and another defeat could end their hopes of reaching top 4. After an 18 game unbeaten start things haven’t got exactly right for Maurizio Sarri, it seems the manager’s philosophy isn’t completely understood by players. Maurizio Sarri in his own words reveals what everyone has got wrong about Sarri-ball at Chelsea.

Maurizio Sarri’s first season in charge of Chelsea has certainly been one of the extreme ups and extreme downs. An 18-game unbeaten run at the start of the season has since given way to a more than a negative atmosphere at Stamford Bridge. Some section of supporters are already fed up of Sarri’s philosophy and the Italian’s style of football. There have been boos for Sarri as well as chants of ‘f*** Sarri-ball’ in recent months, while Jorginho has become a scapegoat for some such is his link to Sarri-ball. One major criticism of Sarri is that he’s stuck in his ways and is very reluctant to change his ideas, tactics and philosophy despite being confronted with differing approaches. For some fans it feels like it’s Sarri-ball or nothing.

But despite that, the Italian has proved that feeling wrong a few times this season, most notably in the Carabao Cup final when he changed his philosophy completely having seen Chelsea dismantled 6-0 by Manchester City only weeks earlier, while he is also starting to use the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek more often. But the fact is that Sarri has never been the stubborn manager and that comes from his own words in his thesis for his Pro License course in 2006/07 on the Weekly Preparation of the Game. In it, he explains in depth how he sets his week up in preparation for a game, from when analysis takes place right through to what training session takes place when and what exactly is involved in it.

He writes: “This way I prepare for the game is actually very different from a few years ago, sure it has also increased with better technology and co-workers at my disposal, but just as sure to the fact that they changed me and my knowledge. I also hope this is different from what I will do in a few years, as this would mean that my desire to move forward and improve has not been exhausted, as well as my love and passion to this splendid game.”

Author’s Take:

It seems Sarri is showing a willingness to change and adapt tactics as he learnt more and was introduced to different experiences, something that we are seeing at Chelsea despite reservations from some fans.


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