Chelsea players were put through their paces at Perth’s WACA ground on Saturday night as the newly appointed boss, Maurizio Sarri kept a keen watch over the 75-minute open training session ahead of Monday night’s game against Perth Glory.
It might still be early days but Sarri is already introducing his style to the Chelsea as Chelsea seek to improve from Antonio Conte’s pragmatic football style to the much famed Sarri-ball.
Sarri drilled the players on their passing game as the goals were brought close together for a half pitch game, with one side looking a lot stronger than the other as Davide Zappacosta, Ethan Ampadu, David Luiz and Emerson Palmieri formed a back four. Jorginho and Ross Barkley anchored the side’s midfield, with Morata leading the line.
After this game, Sarri took it a gear up as he set the players up in a drill that focused on playing from midfield to the frontline in a series of one touch passes before a finish was applied.
As reported by football.london, while one side attacked with the ball, the other stood like statues to mimic a possible game situation. The passing was slick on the greasy surface, though the finishing at times left a lot to be desired.
The purpose of the drill was to work on the attacking shape and a quick transition into the final third once a whistle was blown. There was also a clear emphasis on getting the ball wide when possible, with most of the crosses driven low across the ground.
Sarri also had to bring Ross Barkley up to speed as he gave him a good minute of one-on-one time in the middle of the ground as he tried to get the midfielder on the same wavelength.
The players were properly drilled in a quick one touch attacking play, but Sarri put focus on defending free kicks taken from out wide on the left wing, with eight players stationed on the 18-yard line as a ball was played into the danger zone.
Sarri has promised to bring back the fun times at the Bridge and we will see how far he has instilled on the players in Monday night’s game against Perth.