Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri had come under pressure following recent defeats that have threatened Chelsea’s season.
Sarri started out well having quit his job with Napoli to move to Stamford Bridge, and went three months without losing a game in all competitions. Chelsea lost for the first time this season in November as Tottenham defeated Chelsea 3-1 at Wembley.
Chelsea’s form at the start of 2019 had also been worrying as the Blues lost and drew a couple of games before a lacklustre 2-0 defeat to Arsenal in January. February was a low point for Sarri as his side set Chelsea’s worst record in 21 and 28 years by losing to Bournemouth 4-0 and then Man City 6-0.
Since losing to Manchester United which led to sack rumours for Sarri, Chelsea had since picked back form, and the team’s porous defence has become a fortress in recent outings.
Sarri was put under pressure to change his system and also stop deploying N’Golo Kante in an advanced midfield role, but he remained adamant and continued featuring Jorginho as his deep lying playmaker, but made some changes only to the team’s style of pressing.
Chelsea defender David Luiz has revealed that the players were unhappy after the defeats and a few changes were made which has led to an improvement in their form.
He said: “When you lose a game like we did at Man City then nobody is going to be happy and joking around. He’s a great human and great humans don’t change their character just because of the situation.
“He is still someone with the love and passion for football, good with the people and tries to help everybody.”
As we welcome Dynamo Kyiv ahead of our Europa League round of 16 first leg tie, Luiz has admitted that the dressing room is a happy one at the moment due to the team’s new-found form.
“We are happy because we have turned around a negative moment into a positive moment,” said the Brazilian at the pre-match press conference.
“It wasn’t easy after the defeats but I think we did amazing to come back especially in the [Carabao Cup] final, even though we lost on penalties, and against Tottenham because we put in great performances.
“It’s never easy to have these moments but it’s part of my job as a senior player to motivate everyone and to understand our objectives and goals for the rest of the season.”