Maurizio Sarri brought Sarri-ball to Stamford Bridge after the Italian was appointed as manager of the club last summer following the sack of Antonio Conte.
Sarri-ball started out well as Chelsea remained unbeaten in all competitions until November, the longest run of any team in Europe’s top five leagues this season.
However, since Chelsea lost to Tottenham in the Premier League back in November, the team’s performance has been dropping and Sarri-ball hasn’t been working, with team’s finding a way to stop Chelsea’s game.
Sarri’s insistence to play N’Golo Kante high up in midfield has been strongly criticised, as Jorginho is struggling to keep up pace in midfield and struggled badly in the defeats to Arsenal, Bournemouth and Manchester City.
Despite the 6-0 loss to City last Sunday, ESPN pundit Craig Burley doesn’t think Sarri will ever change his system as the Italian has stuck with playing Jorginho deep in midfield, and Burley believes he’ll play the same system in the FA Cup clash against Manchester United on Monday.
He said: “Ultimately at the moment him (Jorginho) and others are not doing what they should do.
“They’re struggling in the centre-half position, they’re struggling at left-back, they’re struggling in the middle of the park.
“They’re struggling because N’Golo Kante, has had some good games, but does look like a fish out of water in that position.
“And you’ve got a manager who won’t change things – my way or the highway.”
Chelsea recovered from the 6-0 loss suffered against Manchester City to beat Malmo 2-1 in the Europa League on Thursday, while Manchester United lost to PSG 2-0 at home in their Champions League clash on Tuesday night.
Despite Chelsea’s win on Thursday, Burley doesn’t think that the win will count against United, insisting that the best team will win on the day.
He added: “These two managers have had a bad week, but Sarri has had a terrible week.
“Whether they won in Malmo or not, fans will not give a stuff – it’s all about this game.”