Maurizio Sarri began his Chelsea era as manager in the Premier League with a 3 nil win away to Huddersfield Town. This was a decent start for Sarriball at Stamford Bridge.
However, as the Italian tactician rightfully noted, it’s still a work in progress and will need time to be perfected by the present crop of Chelsea players.
It was a nervy start for Sarri’s men against a Huddersfield Town whose midfield was packed with bodies to ensure that Chelsea did not dictate the way the game would be played.
However, the Blues found a way to keep the ball and ended up winning with a 3 goal margin and a clean sheet for Kepa Arrizabalaga.
A stylishly taken penalty and a debut goal for Jorginho, 1 from an unexpected source N’golo Kante and a finesse finish by Pedro Rodriguez saw Chelsea emerge with all 3 points.
We noted some talking points from the game against Huddersfield and they are mentioned below:
1. The days of hoofing long and hopeful balls are obviously over at Chelsea. Under Maurizio Sarri, the Blues must learn and perfect the art of building from the back.
This won’t be easy for them to adapt to as IT was obvious against a relatively low-quality Huddersfield Town.
The start was shaky, but the goals at halftime ensured that they settled into their strides and heavily dominate the second half of the game.
2. It was obvious that the days of numerous clearances to safety when under pressure in defence is over.
The Blues must now learn to pass the ball away from danger from the 18-yard box and opposition half even when being pressed.
This is a very tough proposition for the Blues and almost cost us in the game in the opening stages when Marcos Alonso was caught in between hoofing the ball away or passing the ball.
He chose the latter which almost cost the Blues but they survived, It will be interesting to see how they’ll cope with this against quality pressing sides like Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
3. Hazard will be a major key to this system, and Chelsea hit a gold mine by not letting him leave.
The Belgian came on from the bench and made a massive impact. He attracted players to himself and provided an assist to Pedro who slotted in for the third on the day.
It was an entirely different game when Hazard entered into the fray, and we hope to see him start against Arsenal.
The Blues welcome the Gunners to Stamford Bridge this weekend. The Blues faithful must also understand that the star in pre-season Callum Hudson-Odoi was absent from the game after picking up an injury in training according to reports.