Maurizio Sarri has time and again emphasized on the importance of being defensively solid, despite having an unbeaten start to the League.

Chelsea have had an amazing start to life under Maurizio Sarri but the Italian tactician is skeptical about his side’s defensive abilities. The Blues are still unbeaten in the Premier League and are third on the points table, just 2 points adrift of league Leaders Manchester City. Though most people, including Maurizio Sarri, will agree with the fact that Chelsea have exceeded expectations with an unbeaten start, Sarri feels there is still scope for improvement. The Former Napoli Manager has been pretty vocal about his side’s solidity at the back and hopes to see some major improvement in the “Defensive Phase” of his team.

Chelsea put in an impressive shift against Burnley in a 4-0 win, the Blues were very good offensively and defensively in that game and some Pundits even believed that the win at Turf Moor was the Blues’ best performance this Season. Just three days later, Sarri’s side were extraordinarily average in a 3-2 win against Frank Lampard’s Derby County and debates concerning their defensive frailties were on the rise again. The side that was fielded against Derby was in theory, a second string side and the whole back four was altered for the League Cup game. The usual back-line of Alonso, Rudiger, Luiz, and Azpilicueta had played together in Majority of Chelsea’s games, including all 10 games in the Premier League. The other “Second-String” defenders, Emerson, Cahill, Christensen, and Zappacosta haven’t played games together and aren’t in cohesion with each other.

Furthermore, a Maurizio Sarri Centre-Back needs to have excellent abilities on the ball and as Sarri emphasized Post the Derby game, Christensen and Cahill Lacked that. The Italian has also gone on to say that he isn’t going to take the easy way out by buying a defender in the Winter Transfer Window and has publicly backed his defenders to improve, It is too easy to go into the market for every problem. We need to improve with these players because they can improve. This is my work. I didn’t ask anything about it to my club because we can stay with these players and be competitive.”

On Friday Sarri also announced that the Club have decided to stick with Gary Cahill as Club Captain despite not being a regular starter. Sarri mentioned that Cahill has responsibilities on and off the pitch while the Italian Manager also went on to express his ambiguity when asked about Cahill forcing a Transfer in January, “It depends on him and the club. For me, Cahill is important on and off the pitch as captain.” It would be interesting to see whether Sarri would be able to improve Chelsea’s defense or not but given that the Italian has successfully made a positive impact on all other fronts, we’ve got to back him here as well. 


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