It’s official! There’s a new style of play at Stamford Bridge and it will be a long while before the Blues faithful get to the see their side sit back, defend and counter, rather than take the game to their opponents.
Maurizio Sarri is gradually implementing his style of play at Stamford Bridge and a good number of players have impressed in the new system.
It’s still early days but credit has to be given to these players whose contributions have ensured 4 wins from 4 for Chelsea thus far.
This is because no one saw it coming. Nevertheless, we have identified our key performers thus far and they are as follows:
1. Marcos Alonso:
The left-back would easily pass for a left winger to a football novice.
The Spaniard who appears to have some loopholes in his defensive abilities has been instrumental for Chelsea in the final third.
Alonso has provided two assists and has scored a goal for the Blues in 4 games already.
He was crucial in the winner against Newcastle and provided the much-needed assist for Chelsea’s cushion goal against Bournemouth.
2. N’golo Kante
The Frenchman would always be instrumental for the Blues regardless of a change in his role for the team.
Kante has been deployed as a box to box midfielder for Chelsea this season as against his defensive midfield position.
The player has been covering grounds in midfield for Chelsea in both defensive and midfield positions and deserves a mention.
The new man in the middle of the park orchestrating things for the Blues and dictating play has also been key for Chelsea.
Jorginho has been a distributor in the middle of the park and has been turning in those passes with high accuracy percentage to get the game going.
One would wonder how the team will cope with Sarriball if he’s absent. Hopefully, this won’t be the case.
4. Eden Hazard
A key man is always a key man. The Belgian looks nailed on to reach his highest scoring tally yet at Chelsea under Sarri this term.
Hazard came on as a sub in Chelsea’s first two games and provided two assists.
The Belgian has started the last two games and has found the back of the net twice for the blues, amid being very impressive on the pitch.
5. The rejuvenated Pedro Rodriguez
I doubt if anyone would have placed a bet on Pedro emerging as Chelsea’s top scorer after the first four games.
The Spaniard has been thriving since Sarri arrived and this is no surprise as the style is similar to Tiki-Taka at Barcelona in his time at the Camp Nou.
Pedro looks revitalized and up for it this season. He has found the back of the net thrice in four games for the Blues.
He has started thrice for the Blues in four games. He came on as a sub to score the opener for the Blues against a resolute Bournemouth.
The Chelsea team as a whole have been impressive under the new manager with a different ideology of football.
They appear to have gotten to grips with a good percentage of what Sarriball entails, and hopefully, the fine run continues after the international break.