Chelsea lost a big chance to remain in the top four as all our other top four rivals won their games, while the Blues lost to Liverpool. This means that if Manchester United win their outstanding game, Chelsea will drop to sixth, and the gap will further increase if Tottenham and Arsenal also win their game at hand.
Maurizio Sarri came up with a strange game plan against Liverpool as he decided to play Chelsea’s most creative player Eden Hazard as a false nine, a move that has never really worked, and it backfired once again against the Reds.
Two quickfire goals from Liverpool shortly after the restart sealed the win for Jurgen klopp’s side, and it was pretty too late by the time Sarri decided to take Hazard back to his original position. Hazard became dangerous as he switched to his more natural position from the flanks and hit the woodwork and also missed a one-on-one with Alisson, where he didn’t catch the ball well.
Sarri revealed after the game that his plan was to start with a defensive system and then kill Liverpool in the last 20 to 25 minutes of the game.
Former Reds midfielder David Thompson has revealed that Sarri have cost the Blues a place in the top four by adopting ‘really negative tactics’ at Anfield.
“Hazard came to life when he drifted out onto the left-hand side,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily podcast.
“He was not really involved in the game when he was central. He was up against [Virgil] Van Dijk, up against Fabinho, and it was difficult for him.
“He was always receiving the ball with his back to play. As soon as he went out to the left-hand side, he looked a different kettle of fish.
“The tactics from Sarri, who’s looking to push into the top four and that was a great opportunity for them to get into the top three and make a statement, goes there with really negative tactics.”