Every Chelsea fan will be gearing up to witness he birth of thorough attacking football at Stamford Bridge regardless of the quality of the opposition under new manager Maurizio Sarri. We might be set to get a glimpse of what#t will be on ground as the Blues kick-of their pre-season campaign in Australia with a game against Perth Glory on Monday.
We had hinted that the ‘3 defenders at the back; system would be ditched by Sarri, and reports have suggested that it is the case as the 59-year-old Italian tactician has reverted to his preferred system which accommodates 4 defenders.
Regardless, will Sarri be the man to finally imprint the attractive and attacking brand of football at Chelsea? How about we recall the likes of Andre Villas Boas and even Di Matteo in his second season who tried such but failed and eventually got the boot?
Sarri could be the pioneer of attractive and attacking football at Stamford Bridge but it will only be possible if he is given the apporpriate time to do his job. The Italian proved his mettle with his brand of football at Napoli for three years, and it was obvious that the time he was given enabled his imprint on the Partenopei.
But, will he have that at Chelsea? Big clubs like Chelsea expect quick success and might not give room for supposed excuses. However, it can be recalled that even Guardiola didn’t hit the ground running in his first season at the Etihad, but in the second season, the difference was very clear.
In my opinion, Sarri will easily leave his imprint on the Blues if he’s given the time, because of how he was consistent and insistent on his brand of football regardless of the opposition they faced, and doing that for 3 years is a pointer that the tactician knows his onions and will not compromise. He was so consistent and insistent on his style of play that it was given a name, Sarriball, Sarrismo, et al.
However, he will face a more challenging task at Chelsea going by how the club has progresed over the years, with regards to the managers that have been at the helm. The Blues have been known to be a side that would easily favor defense over attack, and this has been evidenced in how they approach games.
Chelsea is a side wired for defense, and not known to play any ‘specific’ brand of football either. What the opposition come up with on the day determines the style. The Blues even tow the defensive line against mid-table sides in some games. The Blues are not known to play attrcative football, and therefore, the ability to start playing attractive and attacking football few months into Sarri’s reign won’t just come out of the Blues. The personnel at hand will also be a contributing factor.
The Chelsea hierarchy and faithful must be prepared to look beyond the performance of the forthcoming season if they are to see their wish of attractive and attacking based football materialize at Stamford Bridge. I bet they knew this before they went all out and guns blazing with Aurelio De Laurentiis for Sarri’s signature.
Sarri won’t fail! But the club must give him time, while he also works towards identifying the perfect players that will make his system thrive at Stamford Bridge and in Europe.