“You don’t know what you’re doing!”
This was the chant of aggrieved Chelsea supporters in Dean Court as yet again Maurizio Sarri failed to show tactical flexibility and nous. But can you flex your muscles when you don’t the required capacity to do so? The answer is NO!
His like-for-like substitution of Gonzalo Higuain with Olivier Ground was dispiriting as the team was ripped apart by a lethal Bournemouth side. The anger is that Chelsea’s self-destruction is coming at a time when top rival clubs are hitting top gear in the race for top-four qualification.
The margin of the defeat leaves more to be questioned and more to desired from the team, and one of which is the obvious predictability of “Sarri-ball”. Four second-half goals without reply garnished with a catastrophic and error-strewn performance condemned Chelsea to our worst defeat since 1996. This is also reminiscent to our capitulation against Watford last season under former manager, Antonio Conte.
The truth is while the results and performances can be deemed unacceptable and painful, it will be right to say that Chelsea are a team in transition in terms of change in playing style. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side also encountered similar issues during his first season in English Football. He became champion last season after making several changes to his playing squad in order to have players that can execute his playing style.
Manchester United’s legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson had to wait for nearly five years before winning his first trophy and also getting the top brass at United to believe in his work. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are still trophyless after four seasons in charge and have lost two European finals during this period. Obviously, he has had to buy the type of players that would make his tactical system come good. During Jose Mourinho’s good years he also had to buy the type of players that would suit his system. My point is that both medical problems are solved with the right medical advice and drug prescriptions. Chelsea need to see a doctor and urgently too. The doctor is Sarri-ball, but the resources to help him get his patients in good health condition are limited.
It’s painful to lose when you are supposed to win, but it’s more painful when your hands are tied and you can’t do anything to set yourself free. Chelsea’s defence line is very inconsistent and our attack is sterile. Chelsea need to back Sarri with players that perfectly suit his system and style of play. An injection of fresh blood with the hunger to execute the manager’s ideas is the way out, else the club will find themselves in a major crisis.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!