Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri claims his ‘Sarri-ball’ tactics not to blame for Chelsea form

Sarri deflecting blame?

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has claimed his ‘Sarri-ball’ tactics are not to blame for the Blues’ recent form after losing to Manchester United on Monday.

Sarri has come in for an awful lot of criticism over the past month or so.

His tactics were questioned after losing 4-0 to Bournemouth but he was under even more pressure after losing 6-0 to Manchester City.

His ‘Sarri-ball’ style of football was praised during his time at Napoli, as it brought him so much success.

Though, his style has been questioned during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Now, following the 2-0 loss to Manchester United on Monday, there are suggestions that he could be sacked.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 10: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

“The system is a false problem”

However, Maurizio Sarri has claimed his tactics are not to blame for Chelsea’s form.

The Italian boss has claimed ‘Sarri-Ball’ is a ‘false problem’.

“The system is a false problem,” he explained, as quoted by the Guardian. 

“I know very well that, when we are losing, I have to put a striker on the pitch. When we are winning, I have to put a defender on the pitch. But I want to see the football in another way.

“I have to think we are able to improve, and able to improve immediately. The result is not all in a match.

“In the last match [against United] we played better, better and better, especially in the first half.

“We have to solve a big problem because we stayed in the other half for 75 minutes out of 90 and were not able to score.

“They only played 15 or 16 balls into our box and scored two goals. So we have to solve this problem: a problem of aggression and determination in both boxes.”


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Laurent Blanc might be Chelsea’s new manager

Despite defending his tactics, Maurizio Sarri is well and truly on the grill.

Now, Laurent Blanc has been linked with the Chelsea job.

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