Maurizio Sarri has been dividing Chelsea fan’s opinions all season long and as yet another season reaches its climax the question is asked once again…
Is this manager the right man for the job?
After a brilliant start to his Chelsea tenure the results have gone downhill for Maurizio Sarri with play seemingly becoming predictable and some fans even describing it as boring.
Now during this off period Sarri has received a lot of criticism and many are suggesting he will lose his job as is the club’s harsh history. Whilst some criticism is justified such as it previously seemed there was no in game adaption and a lack of rotation despite poor results, I believe Sarri has done an excellent job given the circumstances and will lead the club forward if given backing.
It is important to remember that all of our fans were crying out for attacking football and changing from the defensive set up we had is an extremely difficult transition. These implemented changes don’t happen instantly but despite the time needed Sarri started pre-season with us late as Antonio Conte led the first training session.
As Chelsea fans we set very high standards but even so in a so called transition year to have reached a cup final, be challenging for the top four and be into the round of sixteen of the Europa League is certainly not terrible. Sarri has had to do this completely changing our play and this is where I think he is wrongly accused of a non existent plan B.
People ask for a long term project but can’t accept to do this there has to be continuity and Sarri is clearly trying to adapt his players to the style of play he wants. Admittedly, I believe there should be more rotation but once again Sarri needs to know his team and adapt them as best as possible. Another talking point is youth chances and though I like many would like to see Callum Hudson-Odoi feature more, Sarri is exceeding in this aspect compared to previous managers. Just read the feature below to understand how hard it was for Nathan Ake under Jose Mourinho.
What is also clear from this season is that some members of the Chelsea squad aren’t cut out for what’s needed to play this system. Despite the transfer ban Chelsea have received, an appeal is likely to allow summer signings so with board backing which is what I am expecting Sarri could really thrive at Chelsea.
Ultimately, Sarri has shown glimpses of the brilliant football he can bring to Stamford Bridge and needs certain players to be brought in but what some think are key issues are actually the opposite. He has shown his tactical adaption in recent performances against Manchester City and Tottenham but keeping his plan A is clearly long term planning in an attempt to stamp his philosophy on the players.
As for youth development, Sarri clearly likes Hudson-Odoi and there’s no reason he and others won’t get chances once Sarri is comfortable with his players.
Just trust the process…