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Maurizio Sarri brought Sarri-ball to Stamford Bridge last season, and his style of play was highly criticised by fans and pundit.
However, the Italian managed to lead Chelsea to win the Europa League and the Blues also sealed a top four place by ending the season in third position.
New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has deployed Chelsea in a 4-2-3-1 system, and the Blues are more direct than the time of Sarri. Passes are more fluid, and the team isn’t too bent on keeping possession like Sarri. There are a lot of similarities and yet a lot of differences between the two styles.
New Besiktas coach Abdullah Avcı has hailed Lampard’s style but believes that the new Blues must work on the team’s defending if he’s to be successful as Chelsea manager.
He told Goal: “With Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea used 4-3-3 formation very efficiently and became one of the fastest-passing teams in the Premier League.
“They made a good start but had some troubles in the final third as the season continued. It appears that we’ll see mainly a 4-2-3-1 formation this season.
“Before the Liverpool game, I was expecting Chelsea to have less possession and go with a more transitional offense mentality with Frank Lampard. This UEFA Super Cup game proved my expectations are correct.
“However, they may struggle gaining results if these defensive problems aren’t fixed. Obviously, it’ll take time for us to see what Lampard has in mind but this team have a strong tactical-memory from last season and I believe that this philosophy will evolve into a more efficient strategy.”