Even though Maurizio Sarri’s system is high risk for defenders because of the high defensive line, Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta admits he prefers it because it keeps the strikers far from the Chelsea penalty area.
“I prefer to defend as far as possible up the pitch,” Azpilicueta told Daily Mail.
“It’s different and you can see we press very high, the defensive line is very high but that’s what we want. We want to be dominant in the game and recover the ball as quick as possible and enjoy the ball when we have it.
“You have the striker where you want him, as far as possible from the goal. These days, even when you are in the box you cannot feel safe because the quality the strikers have. It’s more complicated to defend there.”
Azpilicueta also revealed Sarri wants the players looking at the ball the whole time and pressing high.
“It is different,” Azpilicueta added. “But it helps that he (Sarri) tells you very clearly what he wants and we analyse every game to see where we can improve. Defensively he says we want to be looking at the ball the whole time, high pressing. We’re all working in training to get it as good as possible.
“Even though we had a good start, I think we can still improve. We’re a very good team. We’ve been working very hard to get into that new idea of football. It is still September so hopefully there is some room for improvement.”