Chelsea have started life under new manager Maurizio Sarri very well beyond many people imagination. The former Napoli boss have rose to the challenge at Stamford Bridge like he had been waiting for the job all his career. The situation at Chelsea was one many felt will mean the club have to press the reset button and start from the starch.
A top four finish was meant to be their target for the season and considering the fact that Thibaut Courtois left the club, it was meant to be a very difficult season for the Blues. Sarri with his Sarri-Ball philosophy somehow has changed that all thanks to the likes of Eden Hazard that makes it thick. Betting on Chelsea with football predictions this term has been one of the wisest thing to do when betting on a premier league odds this term.
Hazard seems a reborn player with the way he has been playing at the world cup and now this season. If only we did not see him play last season under Conte we would have suggested that this is the way he plays every time. His individual brilliance and contribution to the club is beyond imaginable.
Maurizio Sarri plays #SarriBall and he deploy his trusted lieutenant in Jorginho in the deep line midfield role to ensure the way the team build going forward. The Italian exemplifies how he wants to set up his team, however Eden Hazard shows why he is just the right man to make #SarriBall thick.
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When Sarri joined from Napoli and he brought Jorginho with him, it was known immediately he needed a player he knows to play his preferred way. This has made Chelsea have an identity right now.
That is a good thing to do but the problem now is that the #SarriBall involves too many passing than needed in the premier league that only few individual abilities can take it to the level of winning games for the club.
Hazard comes to mind, a proven match winner. Sarri have so much made all the passing game have an end product that will be futile if Hazard is not scoring. The midfielder have already recorded six premier league goals as against the club main striker, Alvaro Morata who has just a goal in the league this season. Making Hazard, a player that have never done average of 25 league goals be their main source of goals is a huge risk that might come crashing on Sarri’s head.
The game against West Ham show that if a team can curtail Hazard and the rest like that, knowing fully well that all they want to do is pass and pass and pass all over again. There have to be a proven goal scorer or a shared collective goal responsibility.
This was similar to the Liverpool situation last season when Salah was blazing in hot form and was providing the goals for Liverpool. The major factor that worked for the Reds was the fact that the duo of Firmino and Mane were proven goal scorers in the league that can do 20 goals in the season. This worked for them.
Sarri have to get the likes of Willian and Pedro and of course, Morata scoring lot of goals before Hazard suffers a deep in form which is not uncommon to him in the league. If not, it might just be another case of a beautiful musician without a good orchestra.