Barkley Compares Sarri-Ball To Lampard’s New Formation

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Maurizio Sarri brought Sarri-ball to Stamford Bridge last season, and it brought mixed reactions all over the league.

Sarri’s football involved a huge desire to keep the ball, and a lot of times at the detriment of the team’s attack.

New Blues boss Frank Lampard has brought a different style ahead of next season. Lampard isn’t freaked about keeping the ball like Sarri, although he encourages ball retention, howbeit in a much faster way.

Lampard loves his side to play faster and make quick movements, and Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has revealed the change in system that Lampard has brought.

“New manager, new formations. We’ve got to just be adaptable to different formations that we’re going to play and be hungry for goals, have the desire to get in the box,” Barkley told reporters.

“At the minute I’ve been playing a little bit further forward, so you want to think like a striker, especially a No.10, and try to help out defensively and work hard off the ball.

“He [Lampard] will help all the midfielders. He’s a legend of the game, he’s the highest scoring midfielder in Premier League history, so we’re going to take all he has to give us from the experience he’s had, we’re going to take all that on board and we’ll keep improving and he’ll help us.”

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