Maurizio Sarri was appointed during the summer as the Blues manager to replace former boss Antonio Conte.
Sarri’s appointment was met with excitement due to the football his former side Napoli played. Sarri was expected to bring Sarri-ball to Stamford Bridge, and he led Chelsea to an 18-game unbeaten run which ended in November after Chelsea lost to Tottenham 3-1.
Since the defeat to Spurs, Chelsea who were involved in the title race is now battling for a top four spot, and the team’s display has been largely inconsistent despite dominating possession in most games.
Chelsea are struggling to score goals despite the lion share of possession, and the Blues were held to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday against Southampton despite having 72% of the ball.
Newcastle and Blackburn Rovers legend Alan Shearer has questioned Sarri’s tactics and doesn’t think it’s helping at the moment.
“Is Sarri-ball when they ask a midfielder to get on the ball and pass it around,” Shearer told BBC Radio Five live following Chelsea’s draw at home to Southampton.
“Hasn’t that happened since football started, no? I was just wondering exactly what it was, giving the ball to a centre-half, who can then give it to a midfielder who can then try and control the game.
“I don’t think that’s anything new to football, do you? Has no other team tried to play football through the middle of the park?”
Shearer however believes that it will be a successful season for Chelsea if the team finishes in the top four.
“I think he will be quite content at where they are,” Shearer added.
“Chelsea’s aim this season will be to get into the top four again and at the minute, they are there.”
As per Eden Hazard, Shearer revealed that the Belgian would want nothing less than a top four finish for Chelsea.
He said: “If they finish in there then I think it will be a successful season for them. Obviously questions remain as to regarding Eden Hazard and where he will be, if he’s going to be there next season.
“But he’s been a good player for them again this season but yeah, they have to get into that top four. He will be quite content at the moment where they are.”