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Maurizio Sarri has brought his Sarri-ball system to Chelsea, and the Italian’s system of play seems to be working really well as Chelsea players have adopted well to the new manager’s style.

In terms of possession, Chelsea are the most dominant side in the Premier League this season, and it’s a surprise how quickly the Chelsea team adapted to Sarri’s style.

Coming from an Antonio Conte’s reign as well as previous Chelsea bosses where the Blues were known to be a defensive-minded side, Sarri has set Chelsea up with a more attacking mindset, and it’s yielding dividends.

Sarri who was a banker before he entered football management has also set the team in good spirit, and one can say that his experience and intelligence in the banking world has helped shaped Sarri’s mode of doing things.

Ross Barkley has been a key player for Sarri this season, and the 24-year-old has revealed just how intelligent the Blues boss is.

“You only need to be around the gaffer for half-an-hour to know how intelligent he is,” said Barkley.

“His attention to detail for each player is really important so you understand what he wants for each game we go into. He prepares for each game and each opponent really well. You can understand how much he loves the game.”

Barkley rose through the ranks at Everton where he made his mark and was part of England’s 2014 World Cup squad has revealed how much experience he has garnered since joining Chelsea.

“When you go through the youth system you’re always going in to do analysis work, you’re always looking at every way of improving and your coaches are always on top of you,” he revealed.

“And then, once you get into the first team, it can change because game to game managers are focusing on weekly results and not player development. A lot of players in first teams are older, experienced players who know the game. That’s just the way it can go.

“I believe if I did have that type of approach from a coach from when I was younger, then maybe I would have improved a lot more, but these things happen in football. Where I am right now is where I believe I should be. I am in the right place to show what I am capable of.”

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