Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is famed for his Sarri-ball brand of football, and the Italian who reached the highlight of his career by turning Napoli into a very exciting and dominant side in Italy has brought Sarri-ball to Stamford Bridge.
However, Sarri has been heavily criticised for deploying N’Golo Kante in an advanced midfield position rather than his preferred defensive midfield position, especially since the 3-1 defeat to Tottenham.
Sarri has his preferred midfield trio of Jorginho, Kante and Mateo Kovacic, with Jorginho playing as a deep line playmaker, and Match of the Day 2 pundit Stephen Warnock believes the formation is a good one.
According to Warnock, Sarri’s tactics is also bringing the best out of talisman Eden Hazard.
“At this moment in time I think with Kovacic and Kante either side, pressing high makes it so much easier for the likes of Hazard,” he said.
“They’re such a hardworking team and it makes it easier for him to find spaces.
“Kovacic can afford to leave his man to press because he knows he’s got Jorginho coming in behind him.
“Chelsea showed great work rate and in the end Brighton just couldn’t find a way out at all.
“This was the theme of the first half. Kovacic and Kante cutting out balls and winning possession.
“This is the debate. Kante, look how high he is but he’s affecting the game.
“And Hazard, we talk about world-class players. Do they press? He works hard for the team.”