Maurizio Sarri enjoyed a fine start to life at Chelsea, avoiding defeat in his first 12 games as Chelsea boss but the Italian has faced criticism from fans and pundits for his tactical approach with Chelsea now 12 points off Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Chelsea star Eden Hazard admits the players are still learning to play the Sarri way while also insisting he likes Sarri’s style of football.
Speaking in an interview with The Times, Hazard said: “Possession! Possession! The manager likes possession! He’s a lot about statistics. Numbers. Possession. Shooting. Goal opportunity.
“In the past we used to play more counterattack. It is different with Sarri than with Conte and Mourinho. Sometimes we keep possession, and I understand the fans want us to go forward [more directly], but it is part of the football.
“We are still learning about his concept. We are doing well. I like this kind of football.
“Sarri is a great manager. He’s an old man but the way he thinks is the same way I think about football.
“When we have the ball, we have a lot of freedom, not just me but the striker [Gonzalo Higuaín] and the right [attacker] Willian or Pedro, so we can move a lot.”