As the dust settled at Wembley, the reality of the work needed to be done to make Chelsea unplayable was so glaring for new Head Coach, Maurizio Sarri to see. A crashing and crushing 2-0 defeat that had both positives and negatives was the ideal result his three-week preparation in his Sarri-ball philosophy. But in all Sergio Aguero’s brace settled matters between the two most successful clubs in the Premier League in the last six years. Whether or not this is a true reflection of things to come, one thing is certain; both clubs are primed for a title challenge.
Pep’s City is top dog among the top six, while Chelsea can be regarded as underdogs. Things for sure could change.
Here are 3 things we learnt from Chelsea’s defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.
PEP’S CITY IS A STRONG FORCE, WHILE SARRI’S CHELSEA IS A WORK-IN-PROGRESS:
At the final whistle one could tell how far both teams have come in terms of displaying the ideas and philosophies of their managers on the playing field. If anything should be considered then it’s the fact that this is City’s third season under Pep’s managerial watch, while Chelsea are just three weeks into Sarri’s. So, the Premier league defending Champions win over Chelsea shouldn’t be over-celebrated, but can be built upon. For Chelsea, it is certainly obvious that things might have been more different had Sarri been appointed early enough to drill the players in his ideas. But in truth, more work needs to be done and whether that can happen quickly is anyone’s guess. Obviously, it’s down to both Chelsea’s coaching and playing staffs to make things work just as City’s have done and are enjoying the rewards. It’s all or nothing for Chelsea at the moment.
DIFFERENCES IN FORTUNES ARE AN OBVIOUS OBSERVATION IN BOTH CLUBS:
It is the players that transfer the manager’s ideas on the pitch and make it look fantastically easy in the eye. But much of the playing staff of the club should be the manager’s choice. When Pep Guardiola arrived at City almost two years ago, he was saddled with making a competitive squad from a collection of ineffective and ageing players. The startling result was that City ended his first season trophyless. Patience was applied in both expectations and in team-building.
In subsequent transfer windows, the City powerbrokers bought shrewdly with young, exciting and suitable players being brought in to make their manager’s ideas work. The result has been glaring for all to see – a Premier League, League Cup and the Community Shield wins. Their synergistic efforts have made City the team to beat and the new blue print for success. For Chelsea, the managerial merry-go-round has continued, but whether Sarri will be allowed to build Chelsea up to the level he wants is not an assurance. The last time the club embarked on team-building process when top young talents like Eden Hazard, Oscar, Cesar Azpilicueta, Victor Moses, Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne, Andre Schurrle, Marko Marin, Willian and even Romelu Lukaku were all bought during the summers of 2012 & 2013. But just four remain at the club at the moment, and it might just be down to three or two after the end of the transfer window (with the exits of Hazard and Courtois being mooted). Chelsea will need to back Sarri in all ramifications and also be patient with him to deliver expectations.
AGUERO AND MORATA ARE CLEAR PICTURES OF THEIR CLUBS CURRENT FORM:
When Chelsea bought Morata to fill in the big shoes of former player and enigmatic striker, Diego Costa, skepticism were laid bare. But his swashbuckling start to his Chelsea career laid all that to rest albeit temporarily. But the Spanish striker’s form has gone from bad to worse. Another anonymous performance in the Community Shield defeat against City was a reality check that Chelsea and Sarri have a big issue on their hands. Sarri’s claim of needing just a midfielder would have changed after his striker’s non-performance. The club needs a top striker as well. Aguero’s classy show did not only show City’s potency in attack, but also their strength in depth after being replaced by Gabriel Jesus who was also effective in leading the attack. A good striker is largely the difference between a win and a loss, and Aguero proved just that, while Morata lumbered in another failure to get things right.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!