I’ve tried, I’ve really tried to align myself with Maurizio Sarri as the boss of Chelsea Football Club, but I have to admit I’ve failed miserably.
He may, away from the limelight, be a thoroughly decent chap but, unfortunately, in his role as the gaffer, he rubs me up the wrong way.
I don’t care much for this ‘Sarri-ball’ philosophy, in fact, the constant pass, pass, pass style, without moving the ball forward, bores me to tears.
Although we have the occasional good game, there have been too many when the opposition, poorer quality than us opposition, has found it all too easy to stifle us.
Yesterday, against Wolverhampton Wanderers, was a typical example.
Our play was pedestrian, we wait far too long to move the ball forward at any pace and we constantly rely on the skills of Eden Hazard to rescue us.
Against Wolves, it was the 28-year-old who again scored a sublime goal to give us a share of the spoils when it looked, for all the world, we were going to slip to an embarrassing defeat.
But, having been one of the brightest lights on a dark day, Sarri then saw fit to criticise the jewel in our crown, remarking and as reported by Talksport:
“Hazard, as well as all the other offensive players, must learn to move the ball faster in this kind of situation.
“He is able to dribble past five, six, or seven opponents, of course, he is a great player – he can resolve the situation in every moment.
“When we play against a team that doesn’t want to play, we need to move the ball faster, we need more movement without the ball.
“We need more movements in the space otherwise it’s impossible to score.
After being constantly fouled, having to drop deep to retrieve the ball and then having to be the one to drive Chelsea forward, only to be criticised by a manager who can’t see what for most of us is plain to see, a midfield with Jorginho and Kovacic in is totally ineffective, kind of irks me.
If, with the transfer ban in place, the aim is to persuade Eden to stay then perhaps a little more appreciation and appeasement as far as the jewel in our crown goes might do the trick!
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