It was indeed a dream start to life under our new manager, Maurizio Sarri in the EPL, as we took on Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon. Three goals from N’Golo Kanté, new acquisition, Jorginho, and Pedro saw us run away with the game, and Sarri-ball looks already in motion.
This time last season, we were all sad after a disappointing loss to Burnley, but things looks quite different this time around. Apart from the fact that we scored goals in our win, we won convincingly – something you do not often associate with Chelsea. We play good counterattacking football, and we score goals, but possession football hasn’t really been something we boast of – until Sarri’s arrival.
On Saturday, we bossed possession in every area of the pitch, and dictated the pace of the match throughout. On a few occasions, Huddersfield threatened with their high balls, but in all, we were completely better in the game.
More interesting about the outing was the individual performance of our players. Jorginho scored, yes, but it was his confidence in the middle of the park that caught the eye more. The Italian didn’t show any sign of newness to the EPL in any way; he was spectacular, as were his passes.
David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger had so much understanding between them at the back too, and Kanté showed his versatility in an entirely different role from his deeper lying position. He was a constant threat to Huddersfield, and had to cap his performance with a well taken left footed shot. In all, it was a performance to savor, and will keep all fans of the Bridge happy until our next game comes up.
Sarri mentioned before now that it would take time for his philosophy to be fully etched in his team, but Saturday’s display show it may not be that long after all. And if the lads could play that good after just three weeks of working with him, one can only imagine what the future holds.
It looks an exciting season already, and it feels good to know that Sarri-ball is gradually taking shape at Chelsea. We will have bigger tests from the other top six sides, but we also know that each game will only serve to boost our confidence and make us better.
Pep Guardiola’s City struggled to adapt to his style initially, but once they did, they ran away with the league last season. Our story has only just begun, but if the signs do speak the truth, then, next year may just see another league title added to the trophy cabinet at Stamford Bridge.