SARRI MIGHT JUST HAVE FOUND HIS MISSING PIECE FOR SARRI-BALL, PUNIDTS CLAIM

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Chelsea started out the season playing really well and the Blues were in the title race until November when Chelsea lost 3-1 to Tottenham at the Wembley Stadium.

Chelsea are now in a fight for top four having dropped to fifth after the 4-0 loss to Bournemouth last week Wednesday.

Sarri was critical of his team’s performance against the Cherries and while pundits have told Sarri to ditch his Sarri-ball, the Italian has insisted that he’ll continue to use the system until it works.

In the 5-0 victory over Huddersfield on Saturday, Chelsea fans saw a glimpse of what Sarri-ball could look like, with Eden Hazard and Gonzalo Higauin netting a brace apiece in that game.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp, believes that the arrival of Higuain could be the missing link in Maurizio Sarri’s game plan.

“Chelsea’s five title-winning teams have one thing in common,” Redknapp wrote inches column for the Daily Mail.

“Jose Mourinho brought Didier Drogba to the club in his first season and the striker was a key component in Chelsea’s triumphs in 2005 and 2006.

“He then struck 29 goals in 32 games to fire Carlo Ancelotti’s side to the Double in 2010.

“The arrival of Diego Costa inspired Chelsea to a third title under Mourinho in 2015 and another under Antonio Conte.

“Since Conte fell out with Costa, Chelsea have lacked a snarling, physical presence at the top of their team. Until now.

“Maurizio Sarri has not had an A-list centre-forward to work with. Gonzalo Higuain may be a quick fix but you cannot doubt his quality. He can be the missing piece in Sarri’s tactical plan.

“Let’s see how Chelsea fare with a proper focal point before jumping to conclusions about their manager.”

Another pundit Matt Law, was also full of praise for Chelsea as the Blues performed well against Huddersfield, and he believes that the signing of Higuain has helped Chelsea.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Telegraph writer said: “What you could see on Saturday, was that with Higuain, with a proper striker, you could see how the system is meant to work in the attacking areas.

 “Hazard started on the left but he was playing very close to Higuain, almost like a partner, and it wasn’t breaking down any more. They, along with Willian, were working in tandem and they were creating chances.

“They looked dangerous. For that style of football it was very encouraging for them.”

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