The sound bites are already getting very loud. At both the Perth Stadium at faraway Australia and at Nice in France, the Chelsea fans made their delight known as the team’s style mirrored the entertaining, expansive and attractive football new Head Coach, Maurizio Sarri had promised. It was really fun to watch.
Here are two things we’ve learnt so far:
NO MORE SUFFERING, BUT FUN IS ALL THAT MATTERS:
The most frequently used word during Conte’s reign at Chelsea was “suffer”. The Italian prepared for games like it was a battle. The players were often given hard drills on defensive play with less focus on being proactive in games. The football was more reactive than proactive.
But Sarri’s most frequently used term is “fun”. The players are encouraged to play to their strengths. Play with a proactive shape both on and off the ball. They are encouraged to build play, keep possession and pass the ball with speed. More so, quick thinking on the ball with delicate one-touch passing and mobility are the hallmarks of new identity Sarri is building at Chelsea. Suffering is no longer the key word again, but now fun is all that matters now.
THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT FOR THE ACADEMY PLAYERS:
One major success of Sarri’s Empoli reign was his willingness to give youth a chance and this also showed at Napoli. The Italian is doing the same in pre-season at Chelsea. Both Callum Hudson-Odoi and Nathan Ampadu have been given chances to prove their worth, and so many others. Surely more are bound to follow suit as the Sarri revolution takes place at Chelsea.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!