Still early days yet, but the dream of seeing exciting, as well as a particular brand of football being played by Chelsea, appears to be coming into reality.
The Blues have played just 2 pre-season games under Sarri but appear to have hit the ground running in terms of the quality and style of football they’ve played thus far and will be playing when the 2018/19 football season commences.
This is exciting as some major mainstays in the side are even yet to arrive for pre-season preparations.
Maurizio Sarri led Chelsea in his debut game for the club against Austrailian side Perth Glory.
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It’s a no-brainer that the quality of the side matters, but the Blues played a different brand of football in the first half of the game that saw Jorginho turn the passing game on, as he averaged a pass every 27 seconds in the game.
Chelsea couldn’t get among the goals as expected but won the game 1 nil with an identity to the kind of football they played. The possession stats saw Chelsea garner a massive 71.3% against Perth Glory’s 28.7%.
The Blues were impressive in the first half of the game but appeared distorted in the second half, especially after Jorginho’s substitution.
Sarriball already appears to be gaining grounds after barely a handful of games in the absence of some key performers for the side.
Chelsea are already a passing side and this was evidenced again in the game against Inter Milan, who are a superior side to Perth, and also one of the major sides in the Serie A, been managed by Luciano Spalletti.
Chelsea dominated the game in every key aspect. The Blues garnered the most possession with 58% to Inter Milan’s 42%. The Blues made 612 passes compared to Inter’s 425.
Considering Chelsea’s former style of football, one wouldn’t believe that this was just Sarri’s second game in charge as he tries to imbibe a new system into the players. Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti spoke after the game, he said:
“We suffered because of their superior technical quality and speed in making the ball travel”
We had initially considered how it would take time for Chelsea to adapt to Sarri’s style, but they appear to have hit the ground running with regards to style, but results? maybe not so much.
However, it’s still early days yet and one cannot draw any conclusions yet. Chelsea will face two tough and formidable opponents in Arsenal on Wednesday, and Manchester City on Sunday. We wait to see how those games pan out, and get to assess Sarri’s Chelsea further.