The 2018/19 football season is almost here as the Premier League returns and Chelsea has a new sheriff in town in the person of Maurizio Sarri.
The new manager has started implementing his style of play in the team going by the Blues’ performances in pre-season. However, it’s not yet Uhuru as there is still more to be done.
Sarriball has been relatively eye-catching thus far going by Chelsea’s previous style of play. However, we’ve taken note of some apparent frailties in the team.
We’ve listed these talking points and they were derived from the games that were played by the Blues in pre-season.
1. CHELSEA STRUGGLED FOR GOALS IN PRE-SEASON
Chelsea appear to have picked up possession football quickly under Sarri in pre-season but have failed to make the opposition’s net to bulge as expected.
The Blues played 5 games in pre-season but scored just 3 goals in the course of those games. They never scored more than one goal in a game.
This is obviously one area that Sarri will be working to ensure that his side improves on ahead of the Premier League opener against Huddersfield. Hopefully, they get firing from day 1.
2. MORE QUALITY BODIES SHOULD BE ADDED IN MIDFIELD
The last game against Lyon in which Sarri fielded a second string side showed that Chelsea still lacks quality depth in midfield.
Chelsea’s midfield performance on the day was average at best as only a few players who deputized in midfield were impressive on the night.
Therefore, the possible addition of Mateo Kovacic who is arriving from Madrid on a loan deal is a welcome development.
Any further additions will help the Blues when they come up against decent opposition.
3. CHELSEA WERE TOO EXPOSED TO COUNTER-ATTACKS
The Blues always appeared in sixes and sevens whenever they lost the ball due to their high pressing.
The game against Man City was an eye-opener. The last game against Lyon, although with a second-string side saw the Ligue 1 outfit create a host of chances but failed to put them away.
The full-backs were too exposed in these games and their pace might be a cause for concern ahead of the 2018/19 season.
Hopefully, Sarri and his men get these issues sorted out quickly, as the manager has hinted that Chelsea might need 2 to 3 months to perfect the system.
The next stop is away from home to Huddersfield Town in the Premier League. Hopefully, the Blues get off to a winning start and we get to keep the blue flag flying high; KTBFFH