Maurizio Sarri has been criticised in recent weeks for not having a plan B in his Sarri-ball system especially after the defeats against Tottenham and Wolves.
However, the Chelsea manager sprang surprise against Pep Guardiola’s side and avoided his usual lineup by playing without a recognised striker as he deployed Eden Hazard in a different way against Manchester City and played a front three of Hazard, Willian and Pedro.
Hazard played as a false nine against City, and the game plan worked perfectly especially in the second-half.
Danny Murphy has hailed Sarri’s tactics against City and believes that Chelsea won the game because of the tactics the Chelsea boss used.
He told the Daily Mail: “You have to give Maurizio Sarri credit because his decision to play with a false No 9 worked out better than it did for Pep Guardiola.
“I think Sarri’s decision to start with Eden Hazard centrally instead of Olivier Giroud or Alvaro Morata was as much to do with defence as attack.
“Pedro and Willian are quick, gifted but also work extremely hard to close people down.
“Sarri would not want to leave Hazard out of a big game but he’d probably consider Pedro and Willian as better at stopping City build from the back.”