Date: 6th December 2018 at 11:00am
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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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6 Replies to “Questions Starting To Be Asked About Sarri’s Suitability To Boss Chelsea”

  • There are a number of things that contribute to the performance of a team in a given match but the belief and conviction of any manager in what they are doing plays a major part. Unfortunately Sarri has sought popularity among players instead of first laying down his mark. Many of his comments are not inspiring at all because it is not necessary to keep reminding people that the team finished 30 points from the champions last season and that it is difficult to close that gap in one season. He undid most of the rules that were laid down by his predecessor relaxing most of them to give players more freedom. Under normal circumstances, when you are new at a place you start by being firm and start relaxing certain things after those you are leading start getting used to you. Press conferences are very crucial because what the managers says can either spur fighting spirit in a team or damage their confidence or still make players feel that they do not have to work hard after all and unfortunately this is the spirit that Sarri seems to be inculcating in his players. We have seen how successful managers are not afraid to make substitution dependent on the performance not appeasement but Sarri’s is the other way round. He always wants to give playing time to the selected few players whom he feels he owes them playing time regardless of form and the ability of other players in his periphery. Sarri needs to start being firm with his players if he is to achieve something worthwhile. He may not be a bad manager but he certainly needs to re-examine his approach because honestly the team is retrogressing instead of progressing from where he started. Instead of seeing more compact Chelsea now that his three month grace period is coming to an end we are seeing more of disjointed team. He needs to change a few things fast before things get out of hand.

    I also think Chelsea should let Hazard leave for the good of everyone. It is better to build a team away from distraction of a single player whose heart lies elsewhere but is trying hard to be diplomatic about it.

    • Completely agreed Muleya1. And for the Man City game, it’s true we might just surprise everyone by beating them, even though it’s unlikely. But we must keep in mind even if we beat Man City, our team is just not giving us belief with their performance.
      I remember a certain José Mourhino, during his first year of his second spell as CFC coach. We didn’t win the league, but he praised himself and the team after beating all the team above us, and said even if we are not going to be champions at the end of the season, but at least we have beaten those who are going to be champion on both legs. And the following year, CFC won the league. That’s the spirit, and that’s CFC that we are used to, not a team that get beaten by the like of Wolve.

  • Comment: sarri does nt really understand this team yet, i think he needs to sit down nd study them but who knw maybe against man city(who i dn’t think we are going to beat) things are going to change.

  • The comments here are half right; which means they are also half wrong. We all view this issue of managers and players through a different lens, by default, but more so, depending on our ages. Fundamentally, individuals agree on almost nothing. Collectively, we disagree based on what was the baseline of our respective generations. What worked for the legendary teams of the past, does not work for the teams of today. The league used to enjoy a more domestic flavor, which gave it a particular identity. As foreign influence came in, it changed that markedly, although it also gave us some of the biggest names in the game. But a generation of people who have known mostly peace and comfort during their entire existence, has now stepped up. They do not have the same fabric as their predecessors, based on their life experiences, and societal influence. You cannot manage the same way now, as was done then. Much of the grit and grime of the game is gone, due to the manner of grooming provided these young men. Hence, old methods don’t work. This is the reason why men like Jose Mourinho have lost their mojo. This is why fragile men, collectively, control the dressing room. Sarri never had a chance. The reason is simple. This club is not in harmony through its ranks. This is why clubs like Liverpool and Man City will prosper in this current era. They are willing to do what it takes to build their dynasty. That means finding the right people to carry out their philosophy, and giving them what they need. All the people. Not just a manager or player. As long as we have a dictator running the club, who doesn’t put faith in those who he has tasked with the chores, we will continue to decline.

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