Lampard Reveals How He Changed The Chelsea Squad From Playing Sarri-Ball

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Maurizio Sarri caught the eye with his style of play in the Serie A. While as Napoli boss, Sarri’s team were the most entertaining in the Italian league. His exploits in Italy caused Chelsea to swoop in for the Italian, but his football only brought mixed reactions in England.

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 the new 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 he has hailed his players for adapting to his style as quickly as possible.

Lampard said: “I think it has been a good pre-season. When you are new as a manager, you have to try to get your ideas across as quickly as possible.

“The team have a certain way they have been used to playing, certain messages, and me and my staff have been trying to get our message across. I think we have done that.

“I have a good feeling after Saturday’s game. I didn’t like the first half of course but the reaction we showed in the second half, the chances we created, we should have won comfortably. It was a nice way to finish pre-season but we still need to stay focused throughout this week because Manchester United in the Premier League is a different animal to a pre-season friendly.”

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