Maurizio Sarri was famed for his Sarri-ball brand of play that rocked the Italian league while in charge of Napoli.
Napoli’s style of play under Sarri was very entertaining to watch as the Naples club played a brand of high pressing and possession football mixed with some fast attacking moves.
Chelsea are looking a different side under Sarri this season, and the Blues have been superb in some games this season. However, it can be said that Chelsea aren’t yet close to playing Sarri-ball the Sarri way.
In his pre-match press conference, Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has revealed that while the team is playing well, there are lots of improvements and consistency that the team needs.
Zola said: “There are days when we are very close and others when we are far but that’s part of the process. This team sometimes plays how Maurizio’s teams play but so far we haven’t done it consistently all the time. That’s the target we have in front of us. It’s not easy. It’s very demanding what the coach asks from the players, especially certain players.
“I can understand that because as much as we try to play very offensive football there are a lot of parts where you have to defend a lot, run and always be active. There are no moments when there is a pause during the game.
“That’s what some of the players need to achieve, to be more consistent during the game and not switch off.”