Another Chelsea game has come and gone, and after recording a hard-fought, but well-deserved win against Bournemouth, Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea couldn’t be regarded as dark horses in the title race anymore.
Against a well-spirited Bournemouth side that was defensively set up to punish us on the counter, we were nearly flawless throughout the game. It was of course, difficult to break down their walls, but we came out on top following two well taken goals from Pedro and Eden Hazard – and that is what I consider very intriguing about this Chelsea side.
Unlike what we had under previous coaches, the Sarri system is different. It is based on complete attack, and everyone goes forward, which means that literally any player can score, and winning for the team is likelier than not.
We saw on Saturday afternoon that strikers, Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud couldn’t penetrate the Bournemouth defence because their game plan was to shut out our front men. However, Sarri-ball allows even non- strikers flood the opposition box, and thus with a bit of patience, we took them unawares and got our goals.
Last season, we suffered mostly because we were very much dependent on Morata and Giroud, and of course, it’s not like the chances were not forthcoming for them, they mostly spurned them, and we lost countless games for that reason. That is going to be far less an occurrence this term because we’re a different set up now, and we can score a goal from anywhere and anyone on the pitch.
Thus far this season, we have seen goals from N’Golo Kanté, Jorginho, Hazard, Pedro and a near goal from Antonio Rudiger that was unlucky to hit the woodwork against Newcastle. The only reason he isn’t on the scorers list yet this season is because he was denied by the woodwork despite a brilliant effort.
Sarri has indeed come in with a plan to better Chelsea, and it’s very evident, even after just four games.
For me, our only deficiency now is in breaking down teams quickly. If we can work on that part of our game, and pass the ball far quicker than in the first halves against Bournemouth and Newcastle, the goals will definitely not come as difficultly as they have. But in all, Chelsea have been a beauty to watch, and it can only get better.