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Winners and losers in Sarriball thus far


As the popular saying goes; different strokes for different folks. This is also attainable at Chelsea with the arrival of new manager Maurizio Sarri who took over from Antonio Conte this summer.

There is always a reshuffling whenever a new manager arrives at a club because the new sheriff in town ideology must be seen.

This was expected after the arrival of Maurizio Sarri. And more so due to the fact that he and Antonio Conte played different styles of football with different formations.

Conte preferred a three at the back with three center-backs flanked by two wingbacks, while Sarri preferred his four defenders at the back comprising two center backs and two fullbacks.

Then, there was the question of what would become of these players who had flourished under Conte under new manager Sarri.

We’ve seen the outcome before the first international break of the 2018/19 football season and four games have been played thus far.

Therefore, we’ve identified some losers and winners under the new Sarriball ideology at Stamford Bridge. No Chelsea player is a loser, this is just context!

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The retired Nigeria international who was key in Antonio Conte’s side is yet to feature for Chelsea this season under Sarri.

The player is naturally a winger but adapted nicely to his newfound right wingback role under Conte.

However, the role is no longer available with Chelsea reverting to four at the back. Therefore, the player will return to his natural role as an attacker if he is to play any part under Sarri.

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Sarri has revealed that the player is not yet ready to play an attacking role at Chelsea presently. We wait to see how the season turns out for Victor Moses.


David Luiz was restricted to a role on the bench in Antonio Conte’s final season at Stamford Bridge.

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This was attributed to a long-term injury as well as a rift with the Conte.

Regardless, the Brazilian defender has been favored in the Sarri era as he has returned to the starting lineup for Chelsea ahead of Christensen in the first four games despite his apparent frailties in defense.

Christensen who was established as a mainstay under Conte will now have to wait his turn under Sarri.

These are the two notable points we came up with. Other changes saw an Antonio Conte favorite in Tiemoue Bakayoko shipped out on loan to AC Milan after Sarri’s arrival.

Ross Barkley who hardly played under Conte has gotten some significant minutes to his belt under Sarri already.

Gary Cahill is another player that has fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea under Sarri.

The list could go on and on, but a better story will be told as the season progresses.