Maurizio Sarri’s high-pressing attacking football popularly known as Sarri-ball is beginning to take shape as the Blues have scored six goals in our two league games so far.
However, the team’s defending seems to be an issue, and lots of eyes have been raised about the gaps that are usually left at the back when we are defending.
Maurizio Sarri has spoken about the team’s defending and he says it’s not easy for players to change, but he believes they will adapt soon.
“It’s not see easy to change the mind,” said the Italian.
“If you are used to defending by looking at the man and I ask you to defend only be looking at the ball, I think if you are 18 it is maybe easy. If you are 28 and for 10 years you play in the other way it’s not so easy.
He continued: “I think it’s better. I think if you arrive to think in this way then it’s very easy. It depends only on you. You are not depending on the opponent. I think it is very easy, if you can defend by only looking at the ball, you can defend very high on the pitch. In the other way, you depend on the movements of the opponent.
“If you defend forward you have to do only 10 metres, 15 metres. If you have the ball inside you have to go back for 50 metres. So I think we can press for 90 minutes, but only if we have prepared the right distances between the players, we stay very high, otherwise it’s a problem.
“In the last part of the first half against Arsenal we lost our distances, so it was impossible to press, to cover the ball, and we were immediately in trouble. But I think we can do it for 90 minutes.”