Sarri has had an amazing start to his Chelsea career and the Italian tactician is now en route to breaking some serious records, with one particular record already out of the way.
Maurizio Sarri has been a revelation at Chelsea and the Italian Manager has now equaled Frank Clark’s unbeaten record in the Premier League. Sarri’s start in the Premier League this Season is the best start by any Debutant Manager in the League and considering Clark was in his second Season with Nottingham Forrest when he achieved the Record right after getting promoted, Sarri has made history. So what’s making the Italian’s tactics tick and what exactly is Chelsea doing right?
That win puts us back up to 2nd in the @premierleague! We'll hear from Maurizio Sarri soon – today he has equalled a league managerial record in going his first 11 games unbeaten.#CHECRY pic.twitter.com/8OwGq8od12
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 4, 2018
1. Maurizio Sarri’s excellent man-management skills.
#Sarri puts on late training sessions to allow #Chelsea players to spend more time in the morning with their children in bid to keep players happy.
Sarri's new style. #Respect #CFC @SkySport pic.twitter.com/zS1kgqwiU8
— Angelo Mangiante (@angelomangiante) August 23, 2018
Maurizio Sarri seems to have brought a certain calmness to the Chelsea dressing room and that is because of the way he treats his players. Just days after his appointment when he was asked about the Transfer Rumours floating around about the likes of Willian, Hazard and Courtois he made it clear that he wasn’t making assumptions based baseless allegations and neither was he going to make things clear on the phone. He wants to meet the players face to face and that has made all the difference, especially when you compare Sarri’s approach to Antonio Conte who told players that they’re no longer part of the team through text message.
2. Presence of winners and a sense of similarity
Ladies and gentleman Jorginho is the 1st player to complete 1000+ passes than any other players in European top 5 leagues.
— The Blue Lions (@Theblue_lions) November 5, 2018
Jorginho plays a huge part in implementing “SarriBall” and the Italian ‘Regista’ pulls the strings from Midfield essentially orchestrating all of Chelsea’s offensive play. Jorginho was equally effective or even better at Napoli and the fact that Sarri had Jorginho at his disposal from the very beginning made acclimatizing to Chelsea a lot easier. Furthermore, Jorginho has helped his teammates understand Sarri’s Philosophy better and the Situation is a win-win for Player, Coach and the Club.
Sarri’s Philosophy has been praised all over the Football World but the Italian has failed to win any major trophy at all his former Clubs. Chelsea’s squad, on the other hand, are Serial winners with the West London Club winning the Premier League twice, The FA Cup and the League Cup with many similar faces. It seems like a match made in heaven.
3. Depth and Quality in Midfield
“Kovacic did well, you watching Ruben?”
“Jorginho did well, you watching Cesc?”
“Barkley did well, you watching Ruben?”
“Ruben did well, you watching Barkley?”
Seriously it needs to stop. Stop complaining and start realising we have beautiful midfield depth. Stop. pic.twitter.com/RUIadslgv3
— Uber Chelsea FC 🏆 (@UberCheIseaFC) October 25, 2018
Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Cesc Fabregas and we aren’t even counting Danny Drinkwater. Chelsea have one of the best midfield in the Premier League, a midfield that is truly World-Class and can give stiff competition to any top Club in the World. Barring Drinkwater, there are 6 Midfielders who have performed exceptionally well this Season and it’s a problem of plenty. Still, a better problem to have than spending a combined 75 Million Pounds on Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater.
4. Eden Hazard. Enough Said.
64': Eden Hazard comes on.
65': Eden Hazard gets an assist.
It doesn't take him long. pic.twitter.com/RvYL9TLFAP
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) November 4, 2018
Is there anything that needs to be said? In the game against Crystal Palace Hazard was cleared to play only 30 minutes after recovering from a back injury. The Belgian had missed close to 2 weeks nursing his Back and just 90 seconds after coming on as a Substitute he scored. Maurizio Sarri has brought the best out of him and Chelsea will be hoping to hold onto their talisman with all their Might.
5. The resurgence of Alvaro Morata
"Flop" Álvaro Morata has now scored four goals in four league games – the same number of times Romelu Lukaku has scored in all competitions this season. pic.twitter.com/tefQsc1SvQ
— bet365 (@bet365) November 4, 2018
Morata is definitely not at a 100% when it comes to his quality and Potential, but the Spaniard has definitely started finding his feet again. Morata has been trolled immensely online and has been the butt of a few jokes so it’s good to see him getting his confidence back. Maurizio Sarri has been known to improve forwards and it definitely seems to have worked with Morata.