Maurizio Sarri’s Sarri-ball seemed like it would take the Premier League by storm after how his Napoli side played breathtaking football that took the Serie A by storm.
Sarri started out well with Chelsea in the Premier League as the Blues were unbeaten from the start of the season until November when Chelsea lost their first game in all competitions as Tottenham defeated Chelsea 3-1.
Chelsea have now lost four league games this season and also another defeat to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.
A lot of things seem wrong in Sarri’s philosophy at Chelsea, and one of them is the team’s inability to break open opposition’s defences.
One reason why Chelsea are unable to break teams open is because the players can’t make one-touch quick passes. Chelsea players tend to hold on to the ball too long and most times the team’s passes are too slow and predictable.
Against Arsenal, Chelsea barely got a clear-cut chance, and had just one shot on target all through the game, which even came towards the end of the match.
Sarri has revealed his frustration with the team after the loss to Arsenal, and he has revealed that he doesn’t want his team to make up to eight touches on the ball.
Sarri said: “Absolutely. I am aware this is a team that is never going to be well-known for its battling and fighting qualities because those are not the characteristic that we are going to have, but what we need to become is a team that is capable of adapting, so be a team that is capable of suffering for 10 or 15 minutes in a game but then playing our own football.
“For example our defending ended up with us running backwards rather than coming and pressing high up the pitch; we are a team that should be playing one or two touches whereas instead at times we were taking seven or eight touches and this is something we don’t want to happen, we want to be playing our own football and this something we are going to have to try to change.”
Sarri has revealed that he’s frustrated with the team’s mentality and believes that the players need to improve their mentality.
The Chelsea boss was asked if he can improve the player’s mentality, and he said: “It is a difficult question to answer, it seems to me that as a group of players they are not particularly aggressive from a mental point of view, they don’t have that ferocity in their mentality and that is down to the type of players they are, their characteristics, and it is something that is difficult to change.
“It could take quite a long time but it could be changed by a new player coming in or perhaps by one of the old heads in the team assuming responsibility and driving the team forward.”