Back in the summer, after Antonio Conte had been axed and Maurizio Sarri had been appointed, many people questioned why Chelsea had appointed a manager who had never won a major piece of silverware.
Upon his arrival, Sarri spoke about needing a period of three months to gel the squad into his way of playing and that, until that point, patience might have to be shown results-wise.
Strangely, the reverse seems to have happened.
For the first couple of months, the Blue juggernaut roared along and enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season.
But, in the third month, the wheels have started to fall off with consecutive away defeats at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers, with points also being dropped in the home game against Everton.
After the latest of those two away defeats, and as reported by the BBC, Sarri had this to say about slipping to defeat against a side that, entering the game, were on a poor run of form:
“Of course I’m disappointed.
“We played very well in the first half and could have killed the game.
“Suddenly we conceded a goal and we were not the same team. It’s very difficult for me to understand why – I can’t understand the reaction.
“We played very well for 55 minutes and then suddenly we were another team.”
Ah! That’ll be the team that, without fail, allows the opposition a fifteen-minute spell where they’re allowed to dominate.
Much has been said about the implementation of ‘Sarriball’ but, three months down the line questions are being asked about whether Chelsea have been found out and whether Sarri’s team-selections are correct.
Personally, I’ll reserve judgement on the Italian, things can change very quickly in football, but, deep down, I have this nagging fear we may have got ourselves a new Luis Felipe Scolari!
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