Maurizio Sarri has completely prohibited his Chelsea players from doing one thing that is a common activity for a lot of footballers around the world.
Sarri has implemented a lot of changes since replacing Antonio Conte. After being appointed deep into the pre-season, many were expecting that it’ll take time for the ‘Sarri-effect’ to act on the players. However, the Italian’s effective methods mean that the Blues are the only unbeaten team in Europe’s top 5 leagues following Juventus’ 2-1 loss at the hands of Manchester United.
Chelsea have achieved this feat while playing a brand of attractive possession-based football. This means that the Blues aren’t asked to defend a lot – unlike during Conte and Mourinho’s reign. Sarri has now revealed one key change he made after coming to Stamford Bridge. Addressing a press conference ahead of Chelsea’s match against BATE Borisov, he said:
“It’s all natural work they do in the gym. Nobody does weights.”
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“When have you ever seen a player on the pitch carrying weights?”
Sarri also went on to explain Morata’s absence from the matchday squad:
“Alvaro stayed home and will have an aerobic training session. Five seconds, ten seconds, fifteen seconds, recovery. It is an aerobic session and he’ll have strengthening training but we don’t use weights.”
“Sometimes the players need to work on specific things to work on physical qualities instead, but on other things they don’t have to.”
Maurizio Sarri’s men currently sit at the top of their Europa League group and will all but confirm their passage through to the Round of 32 if they avoid a loss in Belarus. Meanwhile, they’ll resume their Premier League campaign with a home against Everton.
An interesting piece from Maurizio Sarri. Training with weights is something that had been considered a usual part of the gym work. However, the Chelsea boss made some valid points to the contrary. Maybe other coaches will also pay attention and follow his lead if the need be.