Chelsea have begun the 2018/19 Premier League season on a high under Maurizio Sarri with a visible and attractive pattern of play and the Blues faithful have been thrilled after just three games.
It’s obvious that the team will only get better as the players are still getting used to the new system.
It can be recalled that Chelsea have been the leaders of the ‘park the bus’ movement in recent years. This system, though not pleasing to the eye culminated on some major title triumphs.
However, as football is evolving, the manner in which one wins happens to matter, and this has been a major concern to club owner Roman Abramovich.
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He went all out for a tested and proven manager who can bring quality football to Chelsea, and Sarri is yet to put a foot wrong in this regard.
His Sarriball philosophy will definitely ensure that Chelsea will not suffer without the ball, but the opposition should be ready to suffer without the ball.
There were concerns on how Chelsea who were adept at parking the bus as well as playing conservative and defensive football would adapt to an attacking style to be implemented by Sarri.
Well, they appear to be adapting nicely and this is definitely a shocker because it’s still early days.
However, it’s a good one for the Blues faithful as they now get to see their team totally dominate games and garner maximum points in the process.
Chelsea will not suffer without the ball this season. The possession stats from the last 3 games point to that.
Jorginho is also another factor that will ensure that Chelsea’s opponents suffer without the ball.
The Italian midfielder orchestrates play and dictates Chelsea’s movement of the ball from his deep-lying playmaking position on the pitch.
His role was imminent in the game against Newcastle where he almost passed the Magpies to death. His contribution saw Chelsea amass a whopping 834 complete passes.
Jorginho completed 158 passes as against the whole of Newcastle United’s 131 passes.
The Blues also had 82% possession of the ball after 90 minutes. Chelsea have suddenly become pass masters under Sarri and this will definitely improve.
Questions might be raised on how Newcastle United were set up but the Blues also did same against a tough opponent in Arsenal a week ago.
Chelsea became the first team to complete 2000+passes in Europe this season after just 3 games. What makes it scary is that this is a team still getting to grips with a new system.
The next game against Bournemouth will surely serve out more entertainment, as Chelsea will definitely not suffer without the ball in the game, and progressively as the season continues.