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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has been deemed as stubborn by not only the press but Chelsea fans as well.

Having moved to Stamford Bridge from Italian side Napoli, Sarri brought his much famed Sarri-ball style of play and also insisted on taking along with him Jorginho, who’s supposedly the centre point of Sarri-ball.

It started all too well for Chelsea as the Blues were playing a new style of play and winning games for fun. Sarri led Chelsea on an unbeaten run until November before the 3-1 defeat to Tottenham, and it has been downhill for the Italian.

Loss after loss in 2019 saw Chelsea lose heavily to Bournemouth and Manchester City much to the frustration of Chelsea fans who were keen on seeing Sarri leave the club.

Sarri’s insistence on using N’Golo Kante higher in midfield and Jorginho deep in midfield has garnered criticisms from all corners, while the team has only played a 4-3-3 formation, with many calling Sarri a stubborn manager for refusing to change things.

Sari has now insisted that he has been changing tactics even though the team has been playing the same system.

Sarri said: “You are talking only about the system, I think, because I like to play always with the same system, but in every match we change almost everything. In the defensive and offensive phase, especially when we have to build up the action with the defenders.

“I think the press consider only the system, not that we change our way of playing in every match. Of course we like to study the opponents, because of course we need to change something in our defensive phase in relation to the movements of our opponents.”

He continued: “I am without reaction because first of all in my mind I want to play our football in the right way. The first target is to play in the right way, to have a great level of organisation, to be able to come out to every problem on the pitch, and I don’t want to change before my team is able to play my football in the perfect way.

“In Naples in the last season, when [Arkadiusz] Milik returned from injury, sometimes we played a part of the match in 4-2-3-1, but this team was after three seasons, ready to change.”

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