Chelsea forward Pedro has admitted the players are finding it difficult to implement Sarri-ball against some opponents.
The Blues have lost our last three away games, conceding 12 goals and scoring none. Last weekend’s embarrassing 6-0 loss to Manchester City, Chelsea’s worst defeat in the Premier League era, has seen fans and pundits question Sarri’s brand of football.
According to Pedro, Sarri’s tactics are difficult to implement but he insists it’s normal for new coaches to struggle:
“All the team follows the idea of Maurizio: press really high, stay compact, and to create chances,” Pedro said.
“With good possession, a lot of the ball. We can do this as a team. But sometimes it’s so difficult to play in this way. It depends upon the opponents. […]
“I think it is always difficult for every manager, when you arrive with good motivation and ambition.
“It’s not just in the Chelsea dressing room. For all coaches, it’s difficult. It’s not good for [Sarri] and the team because the results have not been good, but it’s good for us to change this dynamic now.”
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has called for Chelsea to give Sarri time to implement his possession-based style of football. Guardiola struggled in his first season as Manchester City boss but delivered the Premier League title in his second season in charge.
“People don’t understand how difficult it is to do something. People expect a manager to arrive, or to buy players and immediately it comes. It needs time,” Guardiola said.