The unwanted disruption of the International break will be taking centre stage so early into the new season this weekend. With the Premier League just four games old, the break might just be what every manager needs, and Chelsea head coach, Maurizio Sarri is one of them.
The club’s perfect start to the season has seen the gloom of Antonio Conte’s reign being replaced with excitement, and the Italian is already changing things both on and off the field. Our new playing style is already giving us a new swag that is delivering the fun and entertainment long anticipated. The curse of the International break is that it can potentially derail the club’s positive start to the new season with injury to key players. More so, factor in the fact that the players are not yet perfect in displaying Sarri-ball, then you can have the feeling that any negative eventuality can be damaging to the team’s progress.
On a flip side, the International break can also be viewed as a positive for Sarri. This will give him ample time to cast his eyes on the supporting cast of his Chelsea team. He can work with the players that were not invited for games by their respective countries, and also have his coaching staff keeping tabs on some players that have rarely had game time. The likes of Victor Moses, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Emerson, Andreas Christensen, Ethan Ampadu, Gary Cahill and Davide Zappacosta are part of the supporting cast that will look to break into the first eleven. Also, with the games certain to come on a quick spin, the onus will be on Sarri to get them ready for the challenge just in case any of the regulars become unavailable.
Another positive is that the break will give Sarri and his coaching staff time to work on different plans as to how to play against different opposition teams. It will help them build on the good work so far and possibly try out different playing systems to achieve positive results for Chelsea.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!