Date: 30th November 2018 at 7:40am
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Following the comfortable victory over PAOK Salonika, in the Europa League, on Thursday night, our boss, Maurizio Sarri, had a few words for the media.

The Italian speaking to BT Sport, and as reported by the BBC, continued to discuss his assessment of who he believes should occupy the holding spot in front of the back-four.

Ahead of the game, in his pre-match press conference, Sarri surprised everyone by publically blaming N’Golo Kante for the Tottenham defeat and implying that the French World Cup winner doesn’t have the technical ability to play the role currently occupied by Jorginho, despite the Frenchman being widely recognised as the best of his kind by his fellow professionals.

Against PAOK Salonika, Sarri chose to give Cesc Fabregas a rare start and had this to say about the Spaniard, whilst also having, what appears, to be another dig at Kante:

“Cesc Fabregas played very, very well, especially in the first half. I said that in the central position of the three midfielders I prefer a very technical player like Jorginho or Cesc but N’Golo Kante has never played with me in this position, he has always played on the right of centre, he can do very well in that position.”

Sarri’s opinions regarding Kante continue to perplex the Chelsea support, in our recent fixtures, against Everton and Tottenham, it appeared that the opposition had worked out how to nullify the threat and influence Jorginho brings to the game.

Now whether, Sarri will stick to his guns and play Kante out of position or adapt, in the near future, could, in my opinion, have an influence on how long the Italian remains in the Chelsea managerial hot-seat.

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2 Replies to “Sarri Continues To Ignore The Blatantly Obvious”

  • What Sarri himself is forgetting/ignoring is the twin facts that you do NOT need to stick with a 4 3 3 formation to achieve Sarriball. Sarriball as a concept is playing high tempo possession football through short, quick passing and a high back line. The so called ‘high-press’ becomes a consequence of the high back line as play is invariably restricted to a smaller main playing area of the pitch.
    Sarri is ignoring two major factors and if he doesnt wake up it WILL end up costing him his job I’m afraid. The first factor is that he is managing the Worlds finest DM player and abusing the obvious opportunity by playing Kante out of position. As a consequence, Chelsea are defensively weakened considerably as Jorginho (for all his marvelous talents) is no defender. The second major factor is (and a true flaw in Sarri’s CV), is that the Premiership is not Serie A or like Italian league football. You can get away with playing the same first 11 match in match out in Serie A with the same formation. Most Italian clubs have to do this due to financial reasons and not having quality squads of any depth. Juve are an exception due to their deep pockets but Napoli, Lazio, Roma and the Milan clubs together with the rest of the league are very much restricted financially.
    Sarri needs to wake up and realize the sheer depth and class he has in this Chelsea squad and rotate certain players more. He also needs to be able to recognise when and which games to start with a 4 4 2 formation, a 3 4 3 formation as well as a 4 4 3. Kante should always play next to Jorginho in the first two of those formations. In a 4 3 3 he simply isn’t as effective as say RLC so in that regard Sarri is correct. Good managers build their teams and formations around the very best players they have and Sarri is not doing that. As Kante is one of the few World class players (in his natural DM position) that Chelsea possess, it is not rocket science to build a formation around him and Hazard which still plays Sarriball! KTBFFH

  • Valid points people but Sari had one too when he implied that Kante went charging forward too much when we first fell behind.
    He always at pains to stress that it’s a learning curve for the players and that is doubly so, in my opinion, for midfielders.
    So keep the faith, we’ve had worse starts but our day will come again

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