After several weeks of rest, our pre-season is finally underway. On Monday afternoon, Chelsea took on Australian side, Perth Glory, in what was our first game since last season.
Several first team players were missing, especially the lads from the latter stages of the FIFA World Cup, but the ones who took to the pitch did get the job done on their behalf.
Cesc Fabregas was handed the captain’s armband in the game against Perth, and I’m sure he’ll be happy at how his first day at the office panned out.
Chelsea ran out 0-1 winners on the day, and Sarri would have been thrilled to get off to a winning note, but what are the key lessons and points from our first game in a while, and under our new manager?
JORGINHO IS NEAR FLAWLESS
We have heard and perhaps read so much about our recent acquisitions since he joined, so watching him play was a desire in a lot of us before now. He took to the field, and slotted in very seamlessly. He was fielded in a deep-lying position, and literally bossed proceedings for as long as he played.
His performance was eye-catching and only portends great things for us considering we have another maestro in N’Golo Kanté. I am eager to see how they will play in the coming weeks.
WE MAY WITNESS A CHANGE IN FORMATION
Conte switched from 4-1-4-1 to 3-4-3 in his first season after struggling to find a rhythm initially, but did enjoy some success with the style. His second season wasn’t so good, despite the FA Cup win, because of our performance in the league, however, we may have seen the last of the 3-4-3 at Stamford Bridge.
On Monday, Sarri lined up Chelsea in a 4-3-3 formation, which is not entirely a surprise, seeing as he’s more attack-minded than his predecessor. Whether we’ll stick to the system remains unclear, but knowing he’s more of a goal-getter than not, I don’t see him going back from here.
WE NEED A STRIKER
Pedro’s 5th minute finish was the only goal of the match, despite our apparent domination. Although the likes of Barkley will consider themselves unlucky having hit the bar, and had many chances blocked, but the truth remains that the same finishing problem we had last season are still there.
Morata probably should have added two to his name, but he was as wasteful as always.
With returning to the top of the league top on our priority list, it’s impossible to move into the next season like this. We have to acquire at least, one more striker in order to provide some competition, and perhaps pressure Morata into sitting up.
Either ways, it was a good game, and I am certain every Chelsea fan is happy about the outcome of the match.
Sarri on his part, will be looking to build on Monday’s success, but he cannot forget the lessons from the match too. If we could play that good without a bunch of our important players, one can only imagine how exciting the next season would be.