A Contribution Post via Vansh Ambashta
Maurizio Sarri arrived at Stamford Bridge amid much fanfare. The decade of gritty, result-oriented, “never-give-up” football was to change to a completely different philosophy. Maurizio Sarri’s Philosophy. Much was expected to change, and fans were gearing up for the fast-paced exciting brand of football that etched Sarri’s name into every footballing household in Italy.
Chelsea started off brightly breaking passing records and keeping possesion that only the likes of Barcelona have known. Things however came crashing down as Chelsea were knocked out of the FA Cup, lost 6-0 to Manchester City and faced some embarrasing defeats.
The fanbase soon turned against Sarri and decided to make their opinion very loud and clear. Chants of “SarriOut” and “F*** Sarriball” resonated through stadiums hosting Chelsea and it seemed Sarri would become one of the many managers to come to Chelsea for a “kiss-and-ride”.
Things have however changed at Chelsea. The blues were in trouble in the summer. Delayed arrivals due to the World Cup marred the preseason and most transfer targets weren’t fullfilled. Chelsea had to make do with only two signings, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Jorginho, three if you count Grandpa Green.
Now, that’s pretty surprising for a club trying to convince their best player (and the best left-winger in the world) and not having the priviledge of Champions League.
Sarri has however brushed off the critics and held his own throughout the season. Refusing to give into the popular opinion that N’Golo Kante is a defensive midfielder, he instead persisted with Jorginho at the base of midfield.
Jorginho, if not flashy, has been quitely anchoring the Chelsea midfield much to the delight of Sarri. He in fact had his best couple of performances in a Chelsea shirt in the UEL Semi-Final last week, and again versus Watford on Sunday (he needs a headband every game!).
Chelsea have achieved finishing fourth and are in a good position to advance to the Europa League Final. Champions League football already secured, it seems Sarri has delivered. He has quitely gone on to do what was required and expected of him.
Sarri needs to keep his head calm for these last few games. He has consistently shown that he is an idealist believing in his set of principles and his footballing world works on his ideology.
Sarri might just turn out to be the manager Chelsea have been looking for. It seems fitting that he continues at Stamford Bridge and instills his ideologies further and takes the club back to the top.
Written By @VanshAmbashta