Maurizio Sarri has replaced Antonio Conte as Chelsea boss, and West London has to, yet again, adapt to a new manager. He is perhaps, aesthetically the best Manager in the World. His style of Football is beautiful in every sense and instills passion and excitement on the pitch that would take your breath away. So let’s try to take a closer look at Sarri’s Football philosophy or as the media call it “Sarri-Ball”.

First off, Maurizio Sarri isn’t a former player and started from the bottom of the Football food chain and has climbed his way up the ladder. He managed minor league sides Sansovino and Sangiovannese for six years before getting his big break at Serie B Club Pescara. He found moderate success at Alessandria and Empoli, he consistently delivered attractive and attacking Football that went on to significantly impress a certain Club in Naples.

Since arriving at Napoli in 2015, Sarri has been praised by multiple pundits and experts for his style. Here’s why.

 Maurizio plays a fluid 4-3-3 System that looks something like this.

Full-backs Ghoulam and Hysaj play in advanced roles, so replacing them with Alonso and Moses is almost like for like. What makes a Sarri team special is the way they pass the ball, defence to attack in a matter of seconds and likes to utilize quick one-touch passes with a lot of mobility off the ball. In the event of an opposition continuously pressing high to obstruct the high-speed passing, Maurizio implements a Triangular passing structure that essentially involves a tiki-taka between sets of 3 players aligned in a triangle to tire the opposition out.

Sarri’s midfield 3 will need to comprise of a through and through CDM which will most probably be N’golo Kante, a deep-lying playmaker- Jorginho and a Central Midfielder who can carry the ball into the final third, in my opinion, Ruben Loftus-Cheek perfectly fits that role.  

A typical Sarri attack comprises of a Left-Winger who cuts into the box and in many cases plays an advanced Number 10 role, which is perfectly suited for Eden Hazard. On the Right flank, he prefers to deploy a traditional winger in the Jose Callejon mold and Willian would be a definite upgrade for Sarri. The one place that seems to be a worry is the Striker, a traditional Sarri Striker needs to be swift with his movements and needs to be clinical in front of Goal. It would be interesting to see who Maurizio deploys as Striker, would it be Morata or Giroud or a new Signing all together?

Chelsea will have to quickly adapt to Sarri’s style and if they can replicate what Napoli did in the Serie A, the Premier League is in for a treat!


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