When Maurizio Sarri was appointed coach of Chelsea weeks ago, there were mixed feelings from different people, not because he can’t deliver, but because his appointment had taken longer than expected.
The credentials of the Italian tactician have never been a subject of contest, but no can say they saw a quick transition from Antonio Conte’s brand of play into Sarri-ball. Yet like fish in water, Sarri has taken to life at Stamford Bridge, and is surely imposing his style on the team.
The man has only had barely 3 weeks in charge, and in that period, he has gradually overseen improvements in the team. Players are generally better both individually, and collectively. There’s a positive spirit around Stamford Bridge, and belief is very strong again.
So far, Sarri has overseen three pre-season fixtures; including games against Perth Glory, Inter Milan, and Arsenal – teams currently witnessing resurgence, yet, we were absolutely near flawless against them. Our last opponent, Arsenal came into our final pre-season game in high spirits, but it was us who ran proceedings for most of the fixture.
Sarri’s only worry at the moment, will perhaps be getting a striker that can actually put the ball in the back of the net, seeing as Alvaro Morata still seems a jaded figure from the man he once was. But even then, I am sure he’ll be as happy and excited as most Chelsea fans are about what the future holds for the club. Things haven’t quite gotten in gear like he’d want, but there are signs that Sarri-ball will sweep through the entire league once they do.