For many managers, their only problem is to get quality players to execute games. But for some others, it isn’t that. Rather, it is being able to adequately manage your star players when they arrive. That is the sort of problems Maurizio Sarri has faced at Chelsea since his arrival.
With the exception of a few, the man has had to experiment with almost every player we have at the club, and you can’t quite blame him, really – when you have too much quality in your side, you naturally face this problem.
So far, this season, we have seen the likes of Willian and Pedro share one position. The same thing has also happened for both Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley, but even more interesting about the situation is the fact that everyone has been excellent.
On Saturday, Barkley proved just how important he can be to us with his goal and assist. But that wasn’t all; he also contributed immensely to our core in midfield. So great was his showing that if Hazard hadn’t played, he sure would have been man of the match. But this just shows how much depth there is to our team, which this time last season looked depleted and toothless. So some credit surely goes to Sarri for having shaped the team in this way that brings balance in every position.
Surely, by now, our Italian gaffer will have to struggle to choose his matchday team because literally everyone in the squad is playing on a different level at the moment. But I’m sure this is a challenge he would rather have than have to suffer a lack of depth. Our trouble chiefly lies in the striking department; if we get that out of the way, we will have a roller-coaster season; and with Morata scoring in our last two games, even that seems like it’s already getting work.